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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.
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.