It’s a sad day today as we mourn the passing of former senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
@senmiriam We ask for prayers as her family goes through this difficult time. (2/2)
— Miriam Santiago (@senmiriam) September 29, 2016
Her husband Jun Santiago tells Inquirer that Miriam died in her sleep this morning at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig due to her bout with lung cancer. She has been confined there since Sept. 11. She was 71.
Miriam announced that she had stage four lung cancer in 2014 and has been in and out of the hospital for treatments. She also revealed that she was undergoing trials for a new anticancer drug, but Jun says that it didn’t work out.
The former senator recently ran for president this year but lost to Rodrigo Duterte. After the elections, she announced that she will be stepping down from her seat in the Senate once her term expired.
As of writing, Miriam’s passing has taken the top two trending spots on Twitter, with netizens tweeting out condolences using the hashtag #RIPMiriam.
— Inquirerdotnet (@inquirerdotnet) September 29, 2016
Sen. Miriam Santiago, you will always be remembered. Thank you for selflessly serving our country and the filipino people. — Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) September 29, 2016
Very sad to hear about Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s passing. May she rest in peace.
— saabelly (@saabmagalona) September 29, 2016
My sincerest condolences to the family of Sen. Miriam Santiago.She will be greatly missed.Senator,thank you for your service to our country. pic.twitter.com/vfj85fhx8N
— Geraldine Roman (@geraldinebroman) September 29, 2016
RIP Miriam Defensor Santiago, one of the most relevant public servants of our time
— April Peñaranda (@8acp) September 29, 2016
You’ve fought for your life and for this country until your last breath. Thank you so much. #RIPMiriam
— Jerome Astrera (@jrmstrrxx) September 29, 2016
Indeed, we lost an amazing woman today and we’d like to extend our condolences to her friends and family.
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