THE late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, the "Iron Lady of Asia," was laid to rest yesterday after 1 p.m. at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.
Santiago, 71, passed away last September 29, after two years of battling stage 4 lung cancer. Her husband, Narciso, said that she "died in her sleep."
Santiago's former colleagues in the judiciary, legislative, and executive branches of government went to her wake Saturday night at the Cathedral Grottos of the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Quezon City.
Former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., who ran as vice president of Santiago in the last May 9 national elections, was among the personalities who arrived early at her wake.
Former Rep. Martin Romualdez dropped by at around 9 p.m. while President Rodrigo Duterte arrived at around 2 a.m. Sunday.
Marcos, in a message he posted in his Facebook account, said: "The last advice she has given me was about handling my electoral protest." He did not elaborate.
Marcos was referring to the electoral protest he filed last June 29 before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) against winning Vice President Leni Robrero on the ground that there was massive electoral fraud in the last general polls.
"I learned a lot from her and it was an honor for me to be chosen as her vice presidential candidate in the last elections," said Marcos.
During the necrological services for her Saturday evening, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III recalled the life and legacy of Santiago.
"Her example will inspire not only more patriotic Filipino women to go into public service, but countless more of our young who have looked up to her as our moral compass," he said.
Pimentel, who studied Constitutional Law under Santiago during his days at the University of the Philippines, earlier said that she "always stood on the side of what was moral, what was legal, what was constitutional, and ultimately what was good for the Filipino people."
He handed over a copy of a Senate Resolution, expressing the Senate's profound sympathy and sincere condolence on the passing of Santiago, to her husband Narciso.
Pimentel earlier said that Santiago was the "best president our nation never had," and that the country had lost a moral giant in the fight against corruption and an intellectual force and brilliant legal mind in Philippine politics.