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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.
My mommy,my Tita,my Elizabeth Taylor,my lawyer, my mentor my everything… I don’t know what to say… I cannot say goodbye I just can’t… You put so much happiness and positivity in my life that I just can’t imagine I can’t call you ever again… Tita, I remember you telling me it will be like you just travelled to see your son who you just imagine is studying abroad… I might have to think like that for now…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 2nd mom. I love you so much!!!! Until we meet again my mommy m…
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.
You would read vogue for me and in return I would study your law books… You made me study the “serious Einstein subjects” and bring me to meet the “kings and queens” the way you would say it… You showed me so much of the world, put on my slippers when I had a migraine and fed me the best lobsters in bed…i would sleep over for weekends and stay up till 2am and we would talk about cleopatra and grace Kelly… Your big hair and workout clothes, your lambing tone,your sweetness and kisses… When this photo was taken a halo appeared on my screen… Indeed you were and will always be my guardian angel…
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.”
RIP Sen. Miriam Santiago a woman full of wisdom and courage is now up in heaven.. nagulat ako news…— kim chiu (@prinsesachinita) September 29, 2016
Aga Muhlach also took to Instagram to remember Santiago.
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.”
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.”
Sen. Miriam Santiago, you will always be remembered. Thank you for selflessly serving our country and the filipino people.— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) September 29, 2016
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?)
Sen. Miriam huhu— Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) September 29, 2016
Bakit kung sino pa ang mga taong kailangan ng mundo, sila pa ang unang kinukuha?— Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) September 29, 2016
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.”
Sen. Miriam. Thank you for always standing up for all of us. Ikaw ang naging boses naming lahat. I’m so heartbroken.— Aiza Diño Seguerra (@aizaseguerra) September 29, 2016
Comedian John Lapus wrote, “RIP Mam @senmiriam we will miss you.”
RIP Mam @senmiriam we will miss you.— John Lapus (@KorekKaJohn) September 29, 2016
GMA 7 actress Bea Binene also paid tribute to the late Santiago.
So much respect for you. RIP, Madame Senator Miriam.— Bea Binene (@beabinene) September 29, 2016
Cacai Baustista wrote: “You have served the nation well. Thank you so much, may you rest in peace.”
You have served the Nation well. Thank you So much May You Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/OYXEK6Kvzp— Catherine Bautista (@kakaibautista) September 29, 2016
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.”
RIP Sen Miriamyou made me love politics at a young age,you’re poster is the only poster I kept in my room in grade schoolPilipinasYOU— Mary Jean Lastimosa (@MJ_Lastimosa) September 29, 2016
Kiray Celis wrote posted this:
Rest in peace Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.— Johanna Kiray Celis (@kiraycelis) September 29, 2016
Marco Gumabao called Santiago, the “best president we never had.”
RIP to the best president we never had, Miriam Defensor Santiago— Marco Gumabao (@marcogumabao) September 29, 2016
Actress Yen Santos simply said, “rest in peace,” as did singer Rhap Salazar.
RIP SEN. MIRIAM SANTIAGO /p>— YS (@yenxsantos) September 29, 2016
Rest in Peace, @senmiriam— Rhap Salazar (@rhapsalazar) September 29, 2016