“Our beacon of wisdom, intelligence and ever-present humour and good sense has flickered out. She leaves the world less wise, less bright and sadder,” former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. saidThis was the description of the former senator on the death of former lawmaker Miriam Defensor-Santiago, her running mate in the 2016 May election and colleague.
“Palagi ko siyang seatmate sa Senado. Kung baga sa eskwelahan, siya ang palagi kong kinokopyahan,” Marcos jestedSantiago died at age of 71 on Thursday morning, according to her husband Jun Santiago.
In a press statement, Marcos said how he was saddened on the death of the lady senator who succumbed to cancer.
“Words cannot begin to express the deep sadness that not only I and my family but the entire country feels at the devastatingly sad news of Sen. Miriam's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad, sad time. We take solace knowing that now there will be fewer tears in heaven.”
“(She) “died peacefully in her sleep”Santiago lost her presidential race to the now President and her friend Rodrigo Duterte.
A staunch advocate against corruption in the government, she served in the three branches of government as the presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court from 1983 to 1987; immigration commissioner from 1988 to 1989; agriculture secretary from 1989 to 1990 and as a three-term senator since 1995, 2004 and 2010 to present.
Along with Senator Pia Cayetano, Santiago also advocate and fought for the passing of Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
Source: GMA News