Philippines Mourns the Loss of One of the Greatest Lawmakers

Today, the entire country is grieving for losing a brilliant lawmaker, Philippine’s one of the greatest veteran senators – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

News have it that the former lady senator succumbed to death this morning, losing her bout with lung cancer. She is 71-year-old at the time of her death.

Apparently, the entire nation was quite surprised as the news regarding the senator’s death surfaced all over the news and social media.

After the devastating sad news broke, her husband subsequently confirmed the same. “She died this morning in her sleep, she was unconscious when she passed away,” her husband Narciso “Jun” Santiago claimed.

She passed away at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City, where she had been admitted on and off for complications of her illness. It was back in 2014 when Santiago was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

Also, media sources claimed that during the Senate Committee hearing on public information and mass media, her fellow lady senator, Grace Poe, who was then presiding the hearing likewise confirmed Santiago’s death when she paused the hearing to offer a prayer for the former senator.

“I would like to ask we take a moment of silence to pray for the soul of an esteemed, a respected courageous colleague, a woman who had helped us in the past pass the Freedom of Information Bill. May we pray for Senator Santiago, she passed away a few minutes ago,” Poe said.

For many of her former colleagues in the senate, Santiago is an intellectual giant, a woman of great caliber, a beacon of wisdom, intelligence. Some say she has set the standard. Well, she is indeed a brilliant lawyer, a fearless lady senator. In fact, she was also referred to as the “Iron Lady of Asia”. Meanwhile, for the entire nation, she is a great loss not only to the government, but to the entire country.

At the time of her death, the lady lawmaker has the most number of bills and resolutions filed before the senate.

Aizelle Joe