Appearing on ANC with Ricky Carandang and Pinky Webb, former President Fidel V. Ramos seems to be approaching the Rubicon. Will he cross it? The signs seem there.
Ramos expressed his displeasure with the Consultative Commission for Charter Change’s report, in particular its recommendation to scrap the 2007 elections. At a time when the world is moving forward in terms of democracy, he finds it scandalous that the Philippines is considering junking elections. None of the reforms -strengthening political parties, for one- he has been pushing for, were included in the report. While he said the Commission worked hard, he feels something went wrong and came close to saying the President had set out to subvert the effort to come up with a new, and more relevant Charter.
Asked if he was withdrawing support from the President, he diplomatically said that the President has yet to officially react to the Commission’s proposals. Not that he was giving a deadline, he said, but he felt something should be said by the New Year: “not next year, but this coming January 1.” Pressed again, he continued to be non-committal but finally responded, when asked if he was losing confidence in the President, “not just confidence.”
Statements pregnant with meaning, indeed. Will FVR cross his Rubicon? How much longer will he give the President the benefit of the doubt? And how long will he continue to make veiled suggestions, such as his musing aloud that Gen. Fortunato Abat was sincere, “and is probably still up to something.”