‘The Iron Lady is dead’: Filipinos mourn death of Miriam Santiago

Rappler Social Media Team
‘The Iron Lady is dead’: Filipinos mourn death of Miriam Santiago
Tributes pour in online as the nation grieves over the passing of former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos took to social media to mourn the death of former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, describing her passing as the loss of the Philippines’ Iron Lady.

On Thursday, September 29, news of Santiago’s death immediately spread online, triggering an outpouring of sadness and shock.

Less than an hour after the news broke, several searches related to Santiago’s death trended in the Philippines on Twitter, taking 6 out of the 10 trending topic slots.

The feisty, esteemed senator from Iloilo had always amused the nation with her quick wit and sharp humor.

She was also known for being fearless when it came to raising issues, and often had stinging words for those she deemed had done wrong. (READ: Miriam Defensor Santiago: ‘God is not out there but in you’)

Santiago’s running mate in the May 2016 elections, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, posted this message on his Facebook page:

Government officials posted about how they would miss Santiago:


The public expressed their condolences to the late senator’s loved ones:


Others lamented that she would have made a great president.


The number of tweets about Santiago’s passing is growing by the second. The tweets can be viewed as they come in here:


What will you remember the most about the late Miriam Defensor Santiago? Share your thoughts about her life and legacy on X. – Rappler.com

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