Former president Fidel Ramos believes Joseph Estrada no longer presents a threat to the stability of the Philippines. Mr Ramos, who played a major role in the mass protests in Manila that forced Mr Estrada from office last month, also said nobody else could seriously threaten the government of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 'If you are talking about the destabilisation of the Government that might endanger . . . its continuity and its effectivity, the prevailing opinion, which I share, is Mr Estrada would not any more be a threat,' Mr Ramos told the South China Morning Post yesterday. 'Another factor which we count on to provide continued stability to the Arroyo Government is the declared and, so far as I can see, the proven loyalty of the uniformed services,' he said. The former president and retired general conceded Mr Estrada's former allies might 'create some waves' in the national elections in May, seen as a referendum on Mrs Arroyo's Government. Mr Estrada's long-suffering wife, Luisa Ejercito, is a contender for one of the 13 Senate seats up for grabs. 'With the war chest that he [Mr Estrada] and his cronies have collected over the years - plus they have also some strong candidates with good public service records - they might be able to create some waves, but this does not constitute destabilisation,' Mr Ramos said. The cigar-chomping Mr Ramos, whose six-year presidency was marked by a period of financial and political stability, is in Hong Kong as a special representative of Mrs Arroyo to try to woo tourists and drum up investor interest in the Philippines. He said the new Government promised what he called the '4 Cs': consolidation, a culture of excellence, continuity of reforms and competitiveness. 'All these are targeted upon the alleviation of poverty and getting the Filipinos to be again proud of themselves as a people, as a nation,' he said.