Ramos speaks up on Marcos burial: 'I felt very bad'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — He was the Armed Forces vice chief of staff who turned his back on his commander in chief — then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Former President Fidel Ramos' decision to bolt from the Marcos administration was a turning point in the 1986 People Power revolution.

For the first time since Marcos' sudden burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Ramos speaks up on the burial of his second cousin.

"I felt very bad especially for the veterans. As well as lot of member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines," Ramos told a media briefing on Monday.

Ramos slammed what he referred to as a "connivance" among the Marcoses and police and military officials who planned the burial.

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"Those military, police and other uniformed personnel involved must be investigated and if necessary booted out of the service because they were disloyal to the service for failing to inform their immediate commanding officers," the former president said.

When he was President, Ramos had an executive agreement with the Marcos family on the former president's burial.

It stated that from Hawaii, Marcos' remains would be flown directly to Ilocos Norte and buried in Batac town.

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But things didn't turn out as he hoped, with the candidate he pushed to run for president openly supporting the burial.

Ramos said he still supports President Rodrigo Duterte, but stressed that his loyalty lies with the Filipino people.

His health won't permit him to join protests — but Ramos said the press conference he called for to express his thoughts on Friday's burial was "the biggest protest" he can think of.

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Ramos hoped that the burial issue was resolved through a resolution in both chambers of Congress which represents the people. But he said the ball is now with the Supreme Court.

Ramos saed he's already atoned for his actions as an official during martial law when he led the military-police revolt against the Marcos regime.

Now, Ramos is waiting for the Marcoses to do something similar — he wants an apology from the head of the family, Imelda Marcos.

He added the Marcos wealth should be used for humanitarian purposes and payment for claims of martial law victims.

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