Stars pay tribute to Miriam Santiago

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Stars pay tribute to Miriam Santiago
Heart Evangelista, Aga Muhlach, and Kim Chiu are among the stars who took to social media to express their grief over the late senator

CONDOLENDES. Heart Evangelista, Aga Muhlach, and Kim Chiu are just some of the stars who remembered the late Miriam Defensor Santiago after her death. Photos by Alexa Villano/Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Soon after the death of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, many stars and personalities took to social media to mourn her death.

Santiago died on Thursday, September 29. She was 71 years old.

She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, but said in 2015 that her cancer had been “licked.” The next year, Santiago ran for presidency in the 2016 elections, but lost to current president Rodrigo Duterte.

Heart Evangelista mourned the loss of Santiago on Instagram, saying, “I love you my super hero… I will miss you my Cleopatra… I will be the luckiest girl in history to have you as my second mom. I love you so much!!!! Until we meet again my Mommy M…” (READ: Heart Evangelista mourns death of ‘second mom’ Miriam Defensor Santiago)

Heart’s mom, Ceciilia Ongpauco, was close to Santiago, and the senator was the one to introduce Heart and her husband senator Chiz Escudero.

Chiz ran for vice president in the 2016 elections, but under a different political party from Santiago. Heart supported her husband, while her mom supported Santiago, but Heart assured that her family and the late senator had no problems with the situation.

“I love you Tita… I can’t believe you’re gone… My #1 protector. Thank you for being my hero…” Heart said in another post.



Heart also recalled her memories with Santiago, saying that Santiago would teach her the “serious Einstein subjects” and take care of her when she wasn’t feeling well.


On Twitter, Kim Chiu expressed her condolences and shock at the news, saying, “A woman full of wisdom and courage is now up in heaven.”


Aga Muhlach also took to Instagram to remember Santiago.

Rest in peace, Sen. Miriam. You will be missed.

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Actress Stephanie Sol posted a photo of Miriam’s book, Stupid is Forever along with the caption: “Rest in Peace The Iron Lady of Asia thank you for the witticisms and everything else. Indeed you are the greatest president we never had.”

Radio DJ and personality Sam YG rememered Santiago on Instagram: “We lost a good one today. RIP Senator Miriam. Thank you for everything.”

We lost a good one today. RIP Senator Miriam. Thank you for everything  #RIPMiriam

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Boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao took to Twitter to pay his condolences to the late Santiago, saying, “Thank you for selflessly serving our country and the Filipino people.”

Social media star Kimpoy Feliciano, who supported the senator during her run for president, tweeted about her death: “Bakit kung sino pa ang mga taong kailangan ng mundo, sila pa ang unang kinukuha?” (How come the people the world needs the most are the first ones to go?)


Aiza Seguerra posted on Twitter: “Sen. Miriam. Thank you for always standing up for all of us. Ikaw ang naging boses naming lahat. (You are our voice.) I’m so heartbroken.”


Comedian John Lapus wrote, “RIP Mam @senmiriam we will miss you.”


GMA 7 actress Bea Binene also paid tribute to the late Santiago. 


Cacai Baustista wrote: “You have served the nation well. Thank you so much, may you rest in peace.”


Former beauty queen Mary Jean Lastimosa wrote: RIP Sen Miriam. You made me love politics at a young age, your poster is the only poster I kept in my room in grade school. Pilipinas [loves] YOU.”


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Marco Gumabao called Santiago, the “best president we never had.”


Actress Yen Santos simply said, “rest in peace,” as did singer Rhap Salazar.




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