HomeDLSU Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Cultural Studiesvol. 27 no. 2 (1994)

The Year That Was and the Years to Come: Assessing the Ramos Regime

Ronald D. Holmes

Discipline: History, Social Studies



The elections of 1992 is best remembered as the 7-headed contest that was participated in by more than 80% of the electorate with the winner garnering a plurality vote five percent more than his nearest opponent. Additionally, the national electoral exercise is noted down as the first "evenly" competitive contest since the last fraudulent presidential race in 1969 given the fact that it was also relatively unfettered with incidences or charges of large scale fraud or manipulation. Thus, the successful candidate, incumbent President Fidel Valdez Ramos, quickly established his authority over the reins of government, notwithstanding the protest lodged by his closest pursuer in the election to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.