Former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has died at 71 after battling stage 4 lung cancer on Thursday September 29.
The Senator known also the Iron Lady of Asia, has been diagnosed with lung cancer on July 2014.
The news was broken by her staff over her Twitter account saying the good Senator died “peacefully” at 8:52 a.m. Thursday at St. Lukes Medical Center in Fort Bonifacio Taguig.
There is no specific details yet released with regards to her wake but it was reported that her remains will be brought to the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Cubao Quezon City.
Before her death Senator Santiago spent decades of her life in public service. She holds the distinction of being one of the few public servants who served in all 3 branches of the government. A former trial court judge in her early days, Miriam Defensor-Santiago starter working in the executive when she was appointed Commissioner of the Commission of Immigration and Deportation in 1988 and later as Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary in 1989 by the late former President Cory Aquino.
After her “failed” bid to the Presidency in 1992, Senator Santiago served the Senate of the Philippines for 3 non consecutive terms, 1995-2001, 2004-2010 and 2010-2016. While in Senate, Santiago was appointed as the first Asian judge to the International Criminal Court but failed to do her job due to health problems.
In the last Presidential elections in May 2016, the fiery Senator again run but lost to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago will always be remembered as the woman with superb intellect, feisty aura and witty and humorous character.
Rest In Peach and Thank You Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.