Agree to Disagree

Former President Fidel V. Ramos and current President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RICHARD REYES

Former President Fidel V. Ramos and current President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RICHARD REYES

(This is an opinion on the article Duterte to FVR: Thank you but I must do it my way by Marlon Ramos for Philippine Daily Inquirer on November 2, 2016.)

Former president Fidel V. Ramos resigned as special envoy to China last Monday. This piece of news was negatively magnified afterwards.

What contributed to his resignation?

Was it about President Rody’s colorful language?

How about Digong’s US criticism?

Maybe his frustrations on his (unmet) expectations of the new administration?

A few weeks ago FVR had an assessment on Duterte’s 100 days in office. It was mostly leaning toward action in other fronts (for me, it was still constructive).

The man whom Rody personally credited (during his SONA) for his election win, was seen by most as just a bitter old timer. But hold on, even if this was their perception Rody would have none of it.

As reported:

He said he had read Ramos’ resignation letter and accepted his decision, but maintained he would still seek advice from the 88-year-old leader.

“I’d like to thank him for helping me and being of the service to the nation even at his age,” Duterte said in an interview after visiting his parent’s mausoleum in Davao City.

While he recognized Ramos’ wisdom, the Chief Executive said he had his “own way of assessing” issues concerning the country’s affairs such as climate change.

Further more:

“For me, it’s a matter of honor. We don’t agree on that matter,” Mr. Duterte stressed. “It is alright for America to criticize me on the issue of extrajudicial killings… What I don’t like is America’s treatment of us. They treat us as if we’re very desperate.”

While understating the importance of FVR’s wealth of knowledge, Rody also knows the need of having his own diskarte (style) in execution of the administration’s plans.

There’s no need to quarrel as both leaders understood the importance of building the best framework for our country’s future. And they don’t need to always agree, because they can still collaborate in the future.

For now, (I believe) it’s better for them to agree to disagree and move forward for the motherland.

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