Visibly weak Miriam Santiago shows up with pick up lines

It's an odd set-up, since it’s usually the standard-bearer who occupies much of the campaign time and stage.

Earlier in the day, during the tandem's proclamation rally at the Imelda Cultural Center, Santiago herself alluded to her illness when she said Marcos would be her ideal replacement should “something happen to me.” (READ: Miriam to Ilocanos: If something happens to me, Marcos to take charge)

Asked later to comment on her remarks, Marcos dismissed it as a joke.

Si Senator Miriam palabiro palagi nyang nababanggit yang mga bagay na yan.” (You know Senator Miriam, she always jokes and says things like that.)  “I think it is just to demonstrate na para sa kanya may kumpyansa s’ya sa akin, kami ay nagkakasundo (that she has confidence in me and that we are aligned)."

Santiago earlier said she's free from cancer. But she has refused the challenge for her to release medical records to prove her claim.

A once-formidable presidential bet in 1992, Santiago is trailing behind other candidates in the latest survey. But Marcos is running second, and he's banking on the support of the Ilocos region to make him vice president. –

Patty Pasion

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