Home / Politics / Former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago Dies at 71


{UPDATED 12:42 PM, September 29, 2016}

Image from GMA News

Image from GMA News

Former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, 71, passed away due to stage 4 cancer on Thursday morning, her husband Atty. Jun Santiago said.

“She died peacefully in her sleep this morning,” Jun Santiago said.

The former lawmaker passed away while confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City.

Her official Twitter account posted a message midmorning that former Sen. Santiago died at 8:52 a.m.

Miriam Palma Defensor Santiago (June 15, 1945–September 29, 2016) was a Filipino politician, notable for having served in all three branches of the Philippine government – judicial, executive, and legislative. Some of her alma maters include University of the Philippines, University of Michigan, Oxford University, Maryhill School of Theology, University of California, Harvard University, and Cambridge University. Santiago was named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997 by The Australian magazine.

In 1988, she was named laureate of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service, with a citation “for bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a graft-ridden government agency.”She ran in the 1992 presidential elections but was defeated in an election marred by allegations of impropriety by the victor. The quote, ‘Miriam won in the elections, but lost in the counting.’ became popular nationwide.

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