FORMER Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, who ran as ex-senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s running mate in the last national elections, deeply mourned her passing. “Our beacon of wisdom, intelligence and ever-present humor and good sense has flickered out.”
“She leaves the world less wise, less bright and sadder. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad, sad time. We take solace knowing that now there will be fewer tears in heaven,” said Marcos.
Sen. Francis Escudero described Santiago “one of the finest leaders of our country, a pillar of Philippine politics, the Iron Lady of Asia, a public servant, and a friend.”
“She may have left us, but with a great legacy that will challenge the nation to become better for the future of the coming generations, something that Senator Miriam has long been fighting for,” said Escudero.
Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara said that Santiago helped him in his senatorial bid in 2013. “She personally endorsed my senatorial candidacy in 2013, for that I will forever remember her in my heart.”
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said: “I am saddened to know that Sen. Miriam will now be debating with a much greater body than the Philippine Senate.”
“She was one of the most brilliant and dedicated public servants of our time, having served in all three branches of the government. The Iron Lady of Asia, as she came to be known, was admired for her fearless leadership and unquestionable honesty and integrity,” said Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.
“Sen. Miriam was a legal luminary, an expert of constitutional law, and a champion of human rights, who inspired many, including myself, to render true and genuine service to our country,” he added.
Sen. Richard Gordon said that Santiago “was a model -- through her intelligence, hard work and integrity -- to emulate for young Filipinos aspiring for leadership positions. Her passing away is a great loss to the Philippines.”