The late President Fidel Ramos will be given a state funeral with full military honors on August 9, the Palace said yesterday.
“The state funeral is a right of the family of a deceased president. So yes, he will be accorded a state funeral with full military honors,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had declared a 10-day period of national mourning for Ramos, the country’s 12th president, who passed away Sunday at the age of 94.
Cruz-Angeles, however, said there is “no confirmation” yet whether or not Marcos will attend the wake at the Heritage Park in Taguig.
Ramos was the second cousin of Marcos’ father, the late former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
Ramos graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1950, and earned a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1951.
He is also remembered as the founder of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) and the Philippine Army’s Special Forces Regiment.
Ramos briefly served as a special envoy to China during the first year of the Duterte administration in 2016.
Popularly known as “FVR,” he was born in Lingayen, Pangasinan on March 18, 1928.