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Statement of Senator Loren Legarda on the Passing of Former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

September 29, 2016

“I mourn the passing of an esteemed colleague, an admirable and fearless woman, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. My sympathies are with her husband and the family she left behind. Her death leaves a huge void in the nation.

“She was a brilliant and remarkable lady, one of the legal luminaries of the country recognized internationally. The resounding manner by which Senator Santiago was elected as a judge in the International Criminal Court is one concrete proof of her expertise and outstanding qualifications. That was a proud moment for the nation.

“She was a dedicated public servant who, even amid her medical condition, remained hardworking as she continued to file bills and resolutions, and monitored the Senate proceedings, never failing the people who had put their trust and confidence in her.

“Senator Miriam, you have lived a very colorful and fruitful life. Your tremendous courage has always been an inspiration to all of us. You will be missed. Rest in peace now.”