Fidel Ramos, former president of the Philippines, addressed current Philippine domestic issues and broader East Asia regional developments. His speech was a Pacific Forum Ambassador L.W. “Bill” and Jean Lane Lecture in Diplomacy.
Ramos served as president of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. He is, in every sense of the word, the true father of Philippine democracy. Today he is a private citizen, but continues to play an important behind-the-scenes role in preserving and protecting the democratic process during a very turbulent period in domestic Philippine politics. He also serves as chairman of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation and chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia.