MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is currently confined in the hospital as part of her continued treatment for lung cancer, but is not in intensive care.
Her daughter-in-law Mechel Santiago told Rappler that the former senator has been confined in a private room at St Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City since September 2. She also clarified that the former senator is not in the intensive care unit (ICU), as earlier reports stated.
"She is currently being treated for her cancer and the family is hoping that she will fully recover. Thank you for respecting our privacy in the meantime. Thank you for continuously praying for her," Mechel said in a message Sunday, September 11.
The family remains optimistic that the feisty senator will survive her battle against cancer.
"She loves all of you. She is a fighter and will continuously fight this battle!" Mechel wrote on Facebook.