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Duterte, De Lima visit Santiago wake

  • Written by Efren Montano
  • Published in Nation
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NO face off took place yesterday between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima at the wake of the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Duterte showed up at the wake at around 1 a.m. Sunday and Sen. Leila de Lima at 7 p.m.

Among the other big personalities who visited the late senator's wake were former Presidents Benigno Aquino III and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Duterte went straight to the wake at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City, after arriving from Davao City.

The visit was closed to media coverage.

The President stayed for around an hour and left at around 3:15 a.m.
   
Duterte and Santiago were among the friendlier rivals in the five-way race for the presidency.
   
A show of mutual admiration during one of the debates spawned the viral hashtag "DuRiam."
   
Duterte's youngest son, Sebastian, had his picture taken with Santiago before another debate, and asked her to give his father the "fight of a lifetime."
   
De Lima earlier offered her condolences to the loved ones left behind by Santiago.
   
The other personalities at the wake included Senate President Koko Pimentel, Senate Protempore Franklin Drilon, Senate Majority Floorleader Sen. Tito Sotto III, former senator Loi Estrada, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, former University of the East Law Dean Amado Valdez, former congressman Mike Defensor, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Health Undersecretary Eric Tayag, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, and Heart Evangelista with her husband, Sen. Francis Escudero, and Chief Public Attorney Persida V. Rueda Acosta.
   
The wake, which was opened for public viewing, was closed from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday.
   
The remains of the former senator, meanwhile, were transferred near the altar as a Mass was conducted in the cathedral.
   
Santiago was laid to rest yesterday afternoon at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.
   
This is in fulfillment of her wish to be buried next to her late son Alexander, who died in 2003.
     
Santiago succumbed to complications from lung cancer Thursday morning. She was 71.