EDITORIAL|A life well lived

THE FIESTY Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago passed away yesterday at 8:52 am, a sad day for the country. She finally succumbed after suffering from lung cancer since 2014. Her illness did not stop her from engaging the Senate in brilliant discussions and then running for president, her third bid, in the last Presidential elections.

She will be remembered with fondness and great sadness.

Senator Santiago has served the people for four decades, as immigration commissioner during the administration of Pres. Cory Aquino where her quote “I eat death threats for breakfast” became a household term, the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Regional Trial Court in Quezon City and the Senate, making her one of the very few who served the three branches of government.

Her courage to face challenges has earned her the name “Iron Lady of Asia” for her tenacity in fighting corruption but it is her candid and colorful speeches during Senate hearings that endear her to the public. Her intellectual prowess is unquestionable. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science, and a cum laude for bachelor of laws from the University of the Philippines. After passing the bar in 1969, she pursued further studies here and abroad.

She entertains the young generation with her “pick-up lines” which she uses adeptly in her speeches, making her one of the best loved speakers in the country.

Although she has lost in her bid for presidency in 1992 against Pres. Fidel V. Ramos, 1998 against Pres. Joseph Estrada and in 2016 with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, she would have been a good president.

Our country was made better because of her.

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