Senator. Lawyer. University of the Philippines (UP) Law Professor. Author. Statesman. Reformist. Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) from December 2011 – May 2014.
For the longest time, we so wanted to feature her here as she is one of the cornerstones of our inspiration, even back in our younger days. We’re just happy to be typing this post now for Miriam, to give honour to her, our role model and icon.
We call her our Inday (what we Ilonggos call our big sisters as a sign of respect and admiration), even though we’re not related to her by blood, but because she exudes this charisma of a big sister to us–be it a guide, a protector or an educator.
Dr. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is an intelligent public speaker, a champion debater and she can be really funny too. You’ve got to watch videos of her on YouTube and you’ll know what I mean. #pickuplines #punchlines Here’s a video of one of her speeches entitled: “Advancing Philippine Contributions to International Criminal Justice”, delivered at the UP College of Law.
What sets her apart from the rest of the politicians is her wit, conviction and her sincerity to her job as a Senator of the Philippines. In 1998, she was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation for government service. It is dubbed as the “Asian Nobel Prize.”
As a member of the Philippine Senate for three terms now, she has long fought graft and corruption in the country and she is just unstoppable up to this day. Honest, creative, intelligent communicator, a strategist, has good sense of humour, confident, inspiring and BRAVE–these are the qualities of my ideal leader. Miriam has it all.
This Inday of mine is truly a gift that keeps on giving, not just to us but for the whole nation. She is our Inday.
Who can imagine the Philippine politics without the one Miriam Defensor-Santiago?
Blogpost Update: In a Press Conference last 2nd July 2014, Senator Santiago announced that she has cancer of the left lung. She shared that she is taking a chemotherapy tablet –“molecular targeting” and will be on leave of absence for six weeks. The senator has been suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome since 2010. After this brave announcement, her followers brought their support and prayers to social media and used the hashtag MiriamFight #MiriamFight. Follow her on Twitter: @senmiriam