Asia’s Iron lady, former Senator Miriam-Defensor Santiago, 71, passed away after a long struggle with lung cancer at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City, Thursday morning.
Her husband Narciso Santiago told the media that, “she died this morning in her sleep, she was unconscious when she passed away.”
On a twitter post, Santiago died at exactly 8:52 in the morning.
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago died peacefully today at 8:52 a.m. Details of the interment will be announced later. (1/2)
— Miriam Santiago (@senmiriam) September 29, 2016
The Senator who run for the presidential race on May poll, lost to President Rodrigo Duterte and was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer since 2014.
Duterte who is currently in Vietnam for a state visit was saddened by her death.
“We express our deepest sorrow over the passing of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago,” the President said in a statement.
He added that, “Senator Santiago has left a sterling career in public office. She is best remembered as a graftbuster ‘eating death threats for breakfast” earning her the Iron Lady of Asia. A constitutionalist, she has always been an advocate for the rule of law,” PRRD said. “Rest in peace, Madam Senator. May your legacy continue to guide this nation for many years to come,”
Both the President and the late former Senator were known to have had a friendly rivalry as seen in the previous presidential election.
Santiago also ran in the 1992 and 1998 presidential polls, both were ill-fated to rivals.
Her career stretched over 30 years serving all three branches of the Philippine government – judicial, executive, and legislative.
On 2011, she won a seat as Judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against humanity for former heads of states, but resigned in 2014 following her cancer diagnosis.
The Magsaysay and The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardee has written over 30 books about law and social sciences, including Code Annotated Series Project 2000, a series of books about laws passed by the Philippine Congress and Supreme Court decisions.
Her joke book title “Stupid is Forever”, has sold over 110,000 copies in its first month making it the bestselling book on 2014. It was followed by a sequel, entitled Stupid has been Forevermore, was published a year later.
Santiago is survived by her husband and her son, Narciso Santiago III and grandchildren.