Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos said Friday exiled ruler Ferdinand Marcos, who reportedly offered to repay $5 billion he allegedly stole from his nation in exchange for amnesty, could destabilize President Corazon Aquino's government if he returns.

Ramos told reporters Marcos's presence in the country at this time could rock the boat."While we continue to say that the stability of the country is improving, it is the combination of the military renegades who are in support of Mr. Marcos, plus the residual political and financial clout that we consider a continuing threat to the stability of our country," Ramos said.