Miriam Defensor-Santiago passes away at 71

By , on September 28, 2016

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago (Photo from Santiago's website)
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago (Photo from Santiago’s website)

Manila, Philippines—Former Philippine senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago died today, September 29 at 8:52 p.m. at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. She was 71.

In 2014, the lady senator announced that she was battling a stage 4 lung cancer.

Defensor-Santiago was born in Iloilo City on June 15, 1945. She served in the Philippine senate from 1995 to 2001 and was re-elected in 2004. She held her senatorial seat until 2016. She also ran for the presidency in the 2016 election.

The family of Sen. Santiago said that she died “peacefully”. Details on her internment will be released by her family.