HIGHLIGHT: People's Reform Party presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago is back looking healthier, and as usual, full of vibrance in her speech before the students and crowd at U.P. Visayas.
More than a month after undergoing clinical trial for lung cancer, the lady Senator is back to campaign with running mate Sen. Bongbong Marcos in Iloilo City.
Santiago faced audience of her alma mater, which was full house.
In her speech, Miriam quipped, "I waited for God to have me killed, but nobody came to kill me. So I stand to run for the President of the Philippines as an Ilongga."
Asked whether she is affected being last in surveys in the five-way race, she told reporters, "I don't trust the surveys because from firsthand experience I know that for example, they provide a list of names of presidential candidates, and I'm not even there."
The senator missed the first two presidential debates organized by the Commission on Elections.
The feisty senator, now 71, is running for presidency for the third time. In 2014, she announced that she is sick of stage 4 cancer of the left lung.
Santiago is the only candidate who was able to hold position in three branches of government as presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court at Quezon City, in executive office as immigration commissioner and as agrarian reform secretary. She is now on her third term as senator.