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Yes sir! Duterte vows to respect, accept advice of ‘number one critic’ FVR

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If there’s one critic whom President Rodrigo Duterte won’t lash out against in public, that would perhaps be former President Fidel V. Ramos.

In a speech at the launch of Ramos’ book, “Make Change Work,” on Monday (July 17), Duterte called the former President his “idol.”

“You are my number one supporter, but at the same time you are the number one critic now,” he told Ramos, eliciting laughter from the audience.

“So it is a matter really of principle in life, you are your place. And I respect your criticism. I accept your advice,” Duterte added.

Referring to the shirt with the “Follow Me” print that Ramos gave him earlier during the program, the President said: “And maybe I will mimic your role as president before. I will follow you, just like what the T-shirt says. Only difference is that I am not a military man.”

Ramos has called out Duterte for cursing and criticizing the United States. He was credited for convincing the President to run in the 2016 elections.

Despite their differences in opinion, Duterte said he and Ramos are the same as far as love for the country is concerned.

“But love of country, patas tayo, sir. I would say that I love my country as much as you do. And we are ready to die for this country,” he said.