Fiery, extremely smart and funny is often an adjective tagged whenever we describe the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Heaven just got a fiercer ally coming into its gates when Miriam Defensor-Santiago passed away yesterday morning. She has been battling cancer for over two years and now, she is finally at peace.
Defensor is a global personality because she has been named as the Asia’s Iron Lady and for good reason. Her passing is a big loss to the Senate that has been becoming a fool’s lair without her smarts and innuendos. Two years after announcing that she is battling with stage four lung cancer, former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago finally bids goodbye at the age of 71.
The former senator known to “eat death threats for breakfast” had her fair share of broken heart when she
lost the Presidential candidacy twice. She could have been the greatest President of the Philippines if she hadn’t been “allegedly” cheated on the 1992 Presidential elections.
She, then, run for President on 2016 elections where her health has been a hindrance in getting her the Presidential seat. She had been cheated on, lied to and she even had her spirit broken with the death of her son.
Our tribute for former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago can be detailed with her accomplishments but we would like to honor her for her personality/. She had been mocked and had been called “crazy” by her opponents but the truth is, her quirk accompanied by her wits, is what draws the crowd. She is best known for the unique brand of charismatic leadership that media likes to call “Miriam Magic.”.
She’s feisty yet funny and that’s why most Filipinos gravitate toward her wisdom. Whether you love her or hate her, you still can’t deny that some of her “hugot lines” are straight from the heart which is evident when her book “Stupid is Forever” became a best-selling book.
We’d like to end this tribute with a part of Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s speech in Our Lady of Fatima University last March 4, 2016:
“It is time for the Filipino people to arise! Rise up and fight for your country. You ask me how to change country? I’ve already told you what the ingredients are, but most of all, the foremost requirement to change our society is to change ourselves. People pray, ‘God, change the world. It’s such a bad, bad world!’ But I say no, you can improve on that prayer. Instead you say, ‘God, change this world and begin with me.’
What we can conclude for today’s gathering is that everything is possible for as long as our heart is pure, and we demand for the Filipino people only the best that we can give. We demand courage, we demand the freedom to speak and to write. We demand a country worthy of every Filipino.
And so we say to the poet who recited this poem before, we say this back to him, the poet said:
‘It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul’
Ladies and gentlemen of Our Lady of Fatima University, come, be the masters of your fate and the
captains of your soul. Thank you.”
We lost a great leader while heaven just become fiercer. We lost an ally and a confidante – We lost the shimmer of color that Miriam Defensor Santiago brings in any court room and in every Senate hearing. You will be missed and we know that you’ll still be watching out for Philippines while laughing and snickering when the next politician made another blunder.