MANILA – The Communist Party of the Philippines on Monday alleged that President Rodrigo Duterte's supporter, former President Fidel Ramos, is working with the U.S.
“Former GRP President Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, Amboy top dog, is now set to lead the pack to consolidate the pro-U.S. camp of reactionaries to put on greater pressure on the Duterte regime to backtrack on its promotion of an independent foreign policy,” the CPP said in a statement.
The CPP issued the allegation in wake of Ramos’ opinion piece stating that the first 100 days of the Duterte government saw “Team Philippines losing badly.”
Ramos also questioned Duterte’s decision to sever military ties with the U.S., saying the Philippines would be “throwing away decades of military partnership, tactical proficiency, compatible weaponry, predictable logistics and soldier-to-soldier camaraderie.”
The CPP said Duterte must be wary of Ramos, claiming that “it is quite apparent that U.S. military agents in the Philippines are closely working with Ramos to counteract Duterte’s policy statements and measures against US military exercises and presence.”
“He (Ramos) also seeks to countervail Duterte’s efforts to influence the AFP and serve as the U.S. counterpole,” the CPP added.
Duterte has frequently thanked Ramos for supporting him in his presidential bid.
He also tapped the former leader to become the country's special envoy to China as the Philippines seeks to repair ties with the Asian power broke by the bitter South China Sea dispute.