VIDEO: Miriam's message to those who doubt she has lung cancer

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Wednesday, September 17, humored critics who doubt she has lung cancer. 

"You mean it's a figment of my imagination? I wish!" Santiago said in a news briefing Wednesday morning. 

The senator then showed the media the bandages on her fingers, a side effect of her illness.

"You think I would report to office like this? You think these are necessary accessories for beauty? For sex appeal?" she added, laughing. 

She said she is taking a "wonder pill" and hopes to be fully recovery by the end of 2014 – a precondition to her plan to run for president in the 2016 elections.

Watch Santiago's press conference: