FORMER President Fidel V. Ramos on Wednesday said candidates running for the highest position in the land should start acting like one.
Speaking in a media forum, the 87-year-old Ramos added that candidates vying for the presidency should be focusing their discussion and debate on more pressing issues such as thinking of ways on how they can provide a better future for all Filipinos.
He was reacting to an ongoing public spat between Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd that stemmed from Duterte’s statement that Roxas’ claim to being a graduate of Wharton School of Economics is “a myth.”
Roxas dared the Davao City mayor to slap him if he could prove that he lied and their word war went on with challenges to a fistfight and a duel.
Ramos said the President of the Philippines must be world class and one who would unite and uplift the condition of the country.
“We are in the 21st century. We are no longer in the period of Antonio Luna, Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio. We don’t kill our allies,” he added.
According to the former president, slapping, fighting and killing each other will not solve problems of the country and those who want to be President should be looking at several generations from now so that younger people will be given a better picture.
Ramos said educational background is not really important when running for public office.
“Academic degrees really should not count because the conventional wisdom is like this, ‘You should make sure your education goes to your mind, not to your head,’” he added.
“The most important component of leadership is pakikisama sa mamamayan [working with the people]or common people so that you can get them all together, you can organize them, you can mobilize them to move as one team,” Ramos said.
According to the former leader, the Philippines should move as one team and the nation’s leader must be caring, sharing and daring.
“Care and share because we are naturally generous and compassionate. Daring, however means something else, it means give more than to take. It also means to sacrifice for the common good. Daring also means you stand up for the younger people for their future,” he said.