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Duterte-Miriam love fest blooms at presidential debate

Feb 21, 2016 - 6:18 PM

The mutual admiration between Rodrigo Duterte and Miriam Santiago surfaces during the first part of the Cagayan de Oro presidential debate

MUTUAL ADMIRATION. Miriam Santiago and Rodrigo Duterte give each other a hug onstage. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

The Imagined President

Feb 19, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Rappler s presidential profile series maps the narratives presented by both candidates and critics in the campaign for 2016

Youth volunteers join forces for Santiago presidential bid

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:31 AM

Youth for Miriam is said to have at least 5 000 members nationwide

SENATE SLATE. Presidential and Vice Presidential bet Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos announces their final senatorial slate for election 2016 at Ynares complex in Pasig on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay / Rappler

Youth on Santiago-Marcos launch: Most competent tandem

Feb 09, 2016 - 6:27 PM

Although online response to their tandem is generally positive some voters raise questions on Santiago s health and Marcos link to martial law

Youth on Santiago-Marcos launch: Most competent tandem. Photo courtesy of the Santiago campaign.

Miriam hits Poe, defends Duterte

Dec 15, 2015 - 12:31 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago poses with students of the Rizal Technological University in Pasig where she joked about human rights allegations against Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago took a swipe at her rivals in the presidential race. In a speech at the Rizal Technological University in Pasig, Santiago hits survey front-runner Senator Grace Poe's inexperience and legal woes. During the press briefing Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said voters can “disregard” human rights allegations against her fellow presidential bet, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, unless there is evidence to prove these. Calling Duterte her “best friend,” the constitutional expert said Duterte's admissions that he killed criminals were just an “exaggerated way” of catching the public's attention.

Miriam: ‘Disregard’ claims of human rights violations vs Duterte

Dec 14, 2015 - 4:14 PM

‘We are best friends Sometimes we descend to the level of hyperbole You exaggerate so it becomes more effective ’ says the presidential aspirant

'JUST EXAGGERATING.' Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago poses with students of the Rizal Technological University in Pasig where she joked about human rights allegations against Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Miriam Santiago: 'Poe has gall to insist on presidency'

Dec 14, 2015 - 3:31 PM

Santiago alludes to Poe: Even if you have not yet proven yourself to the people you will already have the gall to insist on being president?

CROWD FAVORITE. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago delivers a speech before students of the Rizal Technological University in Pasig. Photo courtesy of Santiago's office
Miriam Defensor - Santiago | 2016 elections | Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said she decided to run for president despite having stage 4 lung cancer to stop corruption in government. In a concert-like event, Santiago was feted like a rock star in a “meet and greet” with supporters at the University of the Philippines Bahay ng Alumni. She admitted that her doctors left it up to her to decide on her candidacy. The 70 year-old Santiago spoke for only about 5 minutes, far from the fiery, kilometric speeches she is known for at the Philippine Senate. The reading of her curriculum vitae was even longer. Santiago also had difficulty walking and standing, and immediately sat after her speech for photo ops on stage. Yet the legal expert continued to dismiss concerns about her health, and even took a swipe at Doctor Sylvia Claudio, who called on her to release her medical records.

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Miriam: Fighting corruption made me run despite health

Oct 26, 2015 - 9:29 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago whose Senate speeches are usually fiery and lengthy speaks for only about 5 minutes and has difficulty walking and standing

YOUTH'S CANDIDATE? Miriam Defensor Santiago asks the crowd at the University of the Philippines: 'Do you want a clean, courageous government? If that is the case, do you want me?' Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: Miriam Defensor-Santiago meet and greet with supporters

Oct 26, 2015 - 3:38 PM

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Miriam Santiago: 'Marcoses don't owe us an apology'

Oct 16, 2015 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED The senator defends her running mate Ferdinand Marcos Jr from critics of martial law regime of his father and namesake

3RD TRY. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago files on October 16, 2015, her certificate of candidacy for president – her 3rd presidential bid. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Miriam Santiago: Bongbong Marcos is my running mate

Oct 15, 2015 - 10:59 AM

I think we mutually chose each other our two camps Our telephone lines crossed each other It was a coincidence One camp was calling the other Santiago tells reporters

MIRIAM-MARCOS. Anti-corruption advocate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago teams up with Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. File photo from Marcos' office

Can #Miriam2016 revive her 1992 magic and movement?

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:55 AM

Senator Miriam Santiago s popularity on social media can instantly create a buzz for her presidential bid but whether or not this would catapult her to the presidency remains to be seen

Miriam backs Comelec's plans for presidential debates

Aug 16, 2015 - 12:31 PM

Santiago earlier filed a bill seeking to institutionalize presidential and vice presidential debates

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago says presidential debates will build a well-informed voting population. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Miriam at 70: 'Stupid is Forevermore'

Jun 15, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago marks her 70th birthday by releasing the sequel to her best selling joke book Stupid is Forever

IT'S OUT! Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago releases the sequel to her 'phenomenal' joke book on her 70th birthday. Photo courtesy: Umagang Kay Ganda's Facebook page

Miriam on God, hell and the middle finger

Apr 02, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago jokes about corruption and Pacquiao and reflects on the existence of God and the meaning of life

Illustration by Raffy De Guzman/Rappler

Miriam: I'll finish my term as senator in spite of cancer

Jan 23, 2015 - 4:02 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago updates her colleagues on her medical condition and tells them that she plans to go to the US this year for possible medical treatment

QUALIFIED MEDICAL LEAVE: Senator Santiago writes Senate President Franklin Drilon to inform him of her medical condition

Miriam: 90% of cancer cells gone

Oct 16, 2014 - 5:21 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago gives a health update to her fellow senators in compliance with the requirements of collegial courtesy

2016 RACE? Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has some running mates in mind, should she decide to take another shot at the presidency. File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

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

Sep 17, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago shows her bandages on her fingers which she says is a side effect of her illness

MESSAGE TO CRITICS: Senator Miriam Santiago shows her bandages, says people with lung cancer are prone to bleeding

‘Recovering’ Miriam might run for president

Aug 27, 2014 - 5:07 PM

The senator takes her cue from constitutionalist Joaquin Bernas who told President Aquino not to seek a second term and give Miriam naman a chance

RECOVERING. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago says she has licked cancer and might run for president if enough people support her. File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

Miriam running for president?

Jul 02, 2014 - 4:35 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago says she may announce her bid in August

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It's final: Miriam steps down as ICC judge

Jun 03, 2014 - 1:51 PM

She was the first Filipino and first Asian from a developing country to be elected to the International Criminal Court but her chronic fatigue syndrome forces her to step down

NOT LEAVING. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is staying in the Philippines after resigning as ICC judge. File photo

Miriam for president? No money – I never sold my body!

Mar 12, 2014 - 2:02 PM

On running for president in 2016 Santiago says I wonder whether people are not bored with me because I’m bored with myself

Miriam: PH should have female president in 2016

Mar 11, 2014 - 2:59 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago believes more women elected into public office would mean less corruption

2016. Senator Miriam Santiago says a woman should be elected Philippine president in 2016. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Jan 28, 2012 - 2:14 PM

Corona was a guest in her wedding anniversary in 2011

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago speaks to Rappler

Jan 24, 2012 - 8:21 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago speaks to Rappler

Miriam: I'm ready to rumble

Jan 24, 2012 - 12:16 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago returns after sick leave says she suffered terminal boredom while away from Senate