Former Philippine senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago bids farewell to the world as she passed away at the age of 71. Even though she is already gone, Miriam left numerous legacies that the world will remember. There are numerous wisdom brought out from her wit that allowed the world to discover the real beauty of intellect, which is one of the main recipes to make a person more productive. The legacy of remembering Miriam's colorful intellect will remain a permanent issue in the world as she carved a permanent remembrance to the history of the Philippine politics.
On September 29, 2016, Miriam Defensor-Santiago peacefully joined our creator due to the complications of lung cancer that gradually degraded her health for some time. She passed away at 8:52 in the morning in St. Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City. The announcement was made from her Twitter account on 11 in the morning. The family and relatives of Miriam are now asking for prayers as they are now going through a difficult time for the passing away on one of the greatest politicians of all time in the Philippines.
Regarded as the "Iron Lady of Asia", Miriam is a legendary politician who shaped the Philippine politics. During her reign as a politician, she is regarded as the senator with the most number of passed bills in history. Even when she was already suffering from numerous ailments, she still managed to pass bills that carved the Philippine society. One of her memorable phrases is when she verbalized that she can always eat death threats for breakfast, as well as for lunch, dinner, and snacks during an interview with the press.
Miriam Defensor-Santiago was known due to her feisty remarks whenever there are public hearings and events that were televised by various media networks. She is often remembered as one of the fearless public servants due to her bravery and strong minded will to go against anyone who has been involved in any wrongdoing. With her very strong wit and political perseverance, she was never afraid to go against other politicians who were smeared with anomalies such as graft and corruption in the Philippines.
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Since the announcement, the whole Philippines is now mourning the death of former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Many are now storming Saint Lukes Medical Center Global City in Taguig to scoop more information regarding Miriam's interment.
In 2014, Miriam Defensor-Santiago was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer of the lungs, which is an end-stage cancer. In 2015, she filed for a presidential candidacy and announced that she has been already cured of cancer. Miriam assured the public that during her presidency, she will serve the country healthily for six years.
But when Miriam was informed about her condition, she went home to rest. Upon arriving at home, she kneeled and pray to the Lord Almighty. She asked why was she diagnosed with such a terminal disease when it was the right time for her to seek for the highest position in her country. Although she was shocked and saddened about her diagnosis, she is determined to fight for the disease.
Prior from being diagnosed with a lung cancer, Miriam Defensor was also diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which is a degenerative disorder affecting her energy. The condition is characterized by a weakening of the immune system. Patients with the disease usually affect their brain, muscles, and endocrine system, leading to a severe weakness.
Miriam Defensor-Santiago made a third attempt to run for the Philippine Presidency in May 2016 polls. However, voters have already noticed her health condition, especially during the presidential debates when she stuttered in the middle of defenses.
Santiago was a Filipino politician, who served the three branches of the government of the Philippines. These are the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches.
She was a product of the University of the Philippines, Oxford University, University of Michigan, University of California, Maryhill School of Theology, Oxford University, Cambridge University and Harvard University.