Former presidents visit Miriam Santiago’s remains

MANILA, Philippines – Two former presidents paid their respects to long-time legislator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who is best known for serving all 3 branches of government.

Former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Benigno Aquino III came to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Friday evening, September 30.

Estrada was Santiago’s political nemesis during the 1998 elections when she ran for the presidency – and was defeated – the second time.

The incumbent Manila mayor has nothing but kind words in remembering the once-feisty senator.

“When it comes to law, she knows everything about it. She fears nothing. That’s what’s very admirable about her because in history, there is no other female senator as fierce as Senator Miriam,” Estrada told reporters.


Aquino, who was also Santiago’s colleague in the Senate prior to his presidency, recalled how he never saw the female fellow give less than 100% in everything she does.

“She gave it her all whatever activity or position she is holding,” said Aquino. 

“She has made an indelible mark to the people and I'm sure that she has contributed to the maturing of our political systems,” he added.


Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona and incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo also paid their respects on Friday.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, is set to attend the wake on Saturday, October 1. – 

Patty Pasion

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