Ramos urges Aquino to learn from Korea

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PH MONUMENT Former President Fidel V. Ramos (seated, in blue vest) leads fellow Filipino veterans of the Korean War in wreath-laying rites at the Philippine Monument in Goyang City, 35 kilometers north of Seoul. NIKKO DIZON

GOYANG CITY—Former President Fidel Ramos, a veteran of the Korean War, on Sunday urged President Aquino to visit Korea to see the war monuments built for the soldiers his father, the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., followed closely as a war correspondent.

Ramos, 85, said Aquino should also see for himself how Korea rose from the ashes of war to become one of the most powerful countries in the world.

The President’s father came with the 10th Battalion Combat Team (BCT) in September 1950 “and went alongside the troops in their operations,” he said in his remarks at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Philippine Monument here. He thanked the people of Goyang and the nearby communities and their country for putting up the monument.

Seven other Filipino war veterans are in Korea to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ceasefire between North Korea and South Korea on July 27, 1953.

They were retired Generals Benjamin Santos and Prudencio Regis, Colonels Vicente Alhambra, Ishmael Rodrigo and Jovencio Dominguez, and Lieutenants Dionisio Layaoen and Severino Aquino. Crescencia Felicia, who is in her mid-80s, represented her husband, the late Lt. Maximino Felicia.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and his wife, Rhodora, Philippine Ambassador to Korea Luis Cruz, Goyang Mayor Choi Sung and other veterans also attended the event. Choi called the veterans and their fallen comrades “real-life heroes.”

The Philippines was among the 16 countries that sent combat troops in response to the United Nations call to assist South Korea in repelling the North. It sent five battalions—the 10th, 20th, 19th, 14th and 2nd BCTs—over five years under the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea to join the allied forces.

Ramos fought with the 20th (not the 29th as reported on Sunday), along with Santos, Regis and Rodrigo.

A portrait depicting the late Senator Aquino as a reporter in Korea and his newspaper article titled “1st Cav Knifes Through 38th Parallel” is captured in the old P500 bill that his son, the President, likes to give to Koreans as souvenirs, the Inquirer learned.

The 38th Parallel divides the Korean Peninsula into the communist North and the capitalist South. With the absence of a peace treaty, they remain technically at war.

Sources told the Inquirer that the Korean government had invited Aquino for a visit, but there were no concrete plans yet when it would take place.

For Ramos, it is important that Aquino see for himself the “fortitude” of Korea and the great strides it has made since rebuilding itself from the ashes of war.

“[Mr. Aquino should] also personally see the great progress that has taken place in [Korea] just two and a half generations after the total devastation brought by the Korean War from  1950 to 1953,” Ramos said.

He said it was an “inspiring model of development and modernization, which has been made possible by collective sacrifice, patriotism, love of peace development and world harmony.”

Ramos, who maintains close ties with Korea, said it was incumbent upon Seoul “to continue providing a shining example to other developing nations like the Philippines.”

“A poor country, war-ravaged at that like South Korea, can emerge within 50 years or less into an advanced nation that has become a donor country to other impoverished nations and people around the world,” he said.

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  • Marcos5

    A Westpointer that have neglected to fully equip the AFP during his term. Now the whole Philippines is suffering from a bullying communist neighbor due to lack of military hardware.

    I salute your negligence and ineptness. You are accountable and the Filipino people knows that. You must be sleeping well.

    If you still have an inch of conscience -Clean your name and Redeem yourself by going to Korea or U.S. and lobby for more aid and military assistance. The Philippines need all kinds of military assistance and vessels that we can get.

  • disqusted0fu

    Good luck urging Pnoy to learn from others. So far he’s been successful in deceiving the Filipinos of a straight path governance… and as Pnoy always says, don’t fix what ain’t broke. The deceit will live on until his administration gets exposed completely

    • JuanTamadachi

      Garbage

      • nakatutok

        from you…

      • JuanTamadachi

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        Consequently, nine months later, she gave birth to a Jacka$s and that jacka$s was you, hee haw, hee haw.
        Now that has got to sting more than the nut shot I gave you.
        And yes I am referring to you, your momma, and all others related to you by consanguinity or affinity, Jacka$s. lol

      • nakatutok

        running out of drafts from your handler?? why copy paste the same comment??

      • JuanTamadachi

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        Perhaps in addition to you, Jacka$s, your momma gave birth to a tikbalang from all that animal $ex with a donkey as well. lol

      • nakatutok

        your post was so good?? ..you are entitled to your opinion…..better keep it to yourself..

      • JuanTamadachi

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      • nakatutok

        pretending to like pu$$ies now??

      • JuanTamadachi

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      • nakatutok

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      • JuanTamadachi

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      • nakatutok

        water water ka na te?? sawa ka na kay Rica at manolita??

      • JuanTamadachi

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        I still got the hots for you pu$$y boy, ha ha ha LMAO. Oh your
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  • whyinthisworld

    Look who’s talking. I believe pinoy is far better than you so whatever pinoy’s do it’s more commendable than what you are talking about. Stop teaching him because you are not a good teacher. And what are you doing there, wasting people’s money? Why don’t you just lay down in your bed of roses and enjoy billions that you took away from poor pilipinos. Ahhh this old man thought that he was the greatest president ever in this country. Bul….sht.

  • $31594090

    I don’t think Ramos has gone beyond reality.

  • JC

    none sense and comment ng previous president… bakit di nya ginawa.

    • philhumanist

      Exactly my thought. Galing mag-advise ngayon eh wala rin namang nagawa noong term niya. Hayun, yung kanyang legacy project, centennial park sa Clark na ginastusan ng bilyong pera ng bayan, nakatiwangwang lang. Hello Miriam, dapat kasi pinursige mo ang case mo laban sa pekeng presidenteng ito.

  • JK1000

    Noon akala ko siya ang magpapaganda sa mga kagamitan ng AFP, pero iba ang nangyari. Si PNoy pa ang gumawa nito.

  • Mon Dragon

    You better shot up, ex pres Fidel “Vendor / Viajero” Ramos. You did nothing to improve the AFP during your time. Benenta mo pa ang Fort Bonifacio on the pretext na gagamitin ang benta para e madornize ang AFP. Wala kang ginagawa kundi mag bya byahe sa ibat ibang bansa samantalang ang Pilipinas ay naghihirap. Nakakahiya ka!!!

  • pololoy

    “Ramos, 85, said Aquino should also see for himself how Korea rose from the ashes of war to become one of the most powerful countries in the world.”

    YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT DURING YOUR TERM, SIR….
    TEKA, NASAN NA NGA PALA YONG PINAGBENTAHAN NG ATING MGA KAMPO?
    SABI NYO NOON PARA MA MODERNIZE ANG AFP….
    EHHHH… MUKHANG BANGKANG PAPEL, PAPEL NA EROPLANO AT MANILA PAPER NA TANGKE LANG YATA ANG NABILI, SIR…

  • makabayan2012

    sir you are the one those people who inspired co-existence idea with china on the west philippine sea. without it china would have no idea about this area of the sea. they were able to take advantage of this co-existence and generate too much info and enthusiasm for them. so why take taiwan? where there is the philippines ready for picking. then next taiwan.

    you should have ask not aquino but those pork barrel and money loving past, present and future tongressman and senatong to follow south korea’s way.

    because of them this is what we are now. no money and one of the beggar of asean.
    philippines use to be ahead of vietnam economically 1990s. now they are ahead of us.

    who will overtake us next? cambodia and myanmar.

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