President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Thursday visited the wake of former President Fidel V. Ramos to pay his last respects.
Marcos was accompanied by his cousin, House Speaker Martin Romualdez, to Ramos' wake at the Heritage Park in Taguig City. The Philippines' 12th president died on Sunday, July 31, at the age of 94.
"I just came to offer my condolences to the family, to the former president's wife," Marcos told reporters at the wake, referring to former First Lady Amelita Ramos.
Marcos remembered Ramos as a "symbol of stability" when he became president from 1992 to 1998, a time when the Philippines was primed as one of Southeast Asia's rising economic tigers.
"After all the tumultuous events of 1986, when he came into the presidency, he brought calm and he brought stability to our country. And for that we will always be grateful to him and for all his service all throughout his life as a soldier and as a public servant," Marcos said.
"For that we clearly have suffered a loss for our country, but the memories of him will be good because of all the good work he did for the Philippines," he added.
Ramos played a vital role in 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution after he defected from the administration of Marcos' father, former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
The civilian uprising also forced Marcos Sr. and his family to leave Malacañang, giving way for former President Corazon Aquino's rise to the presidency.
A state funeral with full military honors is set for Aug. 9 to honor the late president, according to Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles.