Former Senator Bongbong Marcos, the late Miriam Defensor-Satiago’s running mate in the May 2016 polls which is the Iron Lady of Asia’s last electoral bid in public service pays homage to her memory during her first death anniversary. Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Davao City Mayor Sara Cario are also there. Presiding priest Fr. Virgilio Ojoy, a close friend of Santiago’s, said he misses the former senator. He can’t help but make reference to the drug war campaign despite the occasion.
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[VIDEO]: The sister of the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Len Defensor, thanked her sister’s family, doctors, staff, and supporters who stood by the lawmaker until her death.
Only the Priest is Political
Father Ojoy said; “I miss Miriam… I wonder what she would say amid all the extrajudicial killings,” he said. Santiago’s sister Linnea Defensor-Evangelista conveys her appreciation for plans to confer the Quezon Service Cross on the late Senator. “Nobody deserves it more,” she added. The Quezon Service Cross is the highest award the nation accords public servants.
Marcos’ is more Personal
Marcos said that he misses Santiago “not just in the Senate but talking to her.” He sits next to the President’s daughter, Mayor Sara Carpio. The priest cannot seem to find the right venue to express his belief on alleged EJKs blamed to the President now, just like during the Marcos regime.
Family and friends of late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago commemorate her first death anniversary. They are missing the “Iron Lady of Asia” amid a critical time in the country’s history. Loved ones, former colleagues, and supporters gather at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City for a mass and tribute.
Brilliance and Bravery
Santiago passed away last year in her sleep at the age of 71. This was after a two-year fight with lung cancer. Santiago was best known for her legal brilliance. She had an unrelenting stance against corruption. She was the first Filipino appointed to the UN-backed International Criminal Court, which tries government leaders.