Miriam Defensor Santiago laid to rest

Patty Pasion
Miriam Defensor Santiago laid to rest
(UPDATED) The late senator is buried at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Miriam Defensor Santiago, the fiery Ilongga senator and one of the country’s most popular politicians, was laid to rest Sunday, October 2.

Santiago was buried at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City. 

Before the burial, a funeral Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, where a public viewing had been held. The Mass was led by Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco and Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, together with Father Aris Sison. 

Family, relatives, close friends, and supporters attended the burial of Santiago, known for her service in all 3 branches of government: the executive, legislative, and judiciary.

Santiago’s running mate in the 2016 polls, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, and Marcos’ mother Ilocos Norte Second District Representative Imelda Marcos were among those present.

Actress Heart Evangelista, a close friend of the late senator, and Cristina Corona, wife of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, were also at the necrological rites. 

Santiago was honored with a 21-gun salute by the Philippine National Police Honor Guards. Her family and Youth for Miriam volunteers also released doves and white balloons for her interment.

Santiago died on Thursday, September 29, at St Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. She had battled lung cancer since 2011.

Nearly 50,000 people lined up at the cathedral from Thursday to Sunday morning to pay their last respects to the respected political icon. – Rappler.com 

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Patty leads the Rappler+ membership program. She used to be a Rappler multimedia reporter who covered politics, labor, and development issues of vulnerable sectors.