Former Sen. Santiago dies at 71

Former Sen. Santiago dies at 71

MANILA — After nearly three years of battling lung cancer, former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was reported to have passed away Thursday morning at the age of 71.

Senator Grace Poe confirmed this in a Senate hearing on the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill wherein she paused for a minute to pray for the feisty senator from Iloilo.

“May we pray for Sen. Santiago. She passed away a few minutes ago,” Poe said.

Poe also took time to recall when she was expecting Santiago to interpellate her when she was still a neophyte senator about to deliver a privilege speech on the FOI bill.

“When I was given the opportunity what she said was before interpellating she said, ‘Sen. Poe I feel very maternal towards you’ and instead of interpellating me, she lectured me on the importance of having a FOI,” Poe said.

Poe further noted that Santiago had stressed that the Presidential Communications privilege should not be abused by the seating President that to which she thought was a valid point.

She meanwhile expressed hope that the measure be passed into a law in memory of the late senator. Azer Parrocha/PNA –