Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago says she will take part in the last leg of presidential debate organized by the Commission on Election on Sunday, April 23.
Senator and presidential candidate Santiago even said that she likes to raise the debate to a higher level.
"I would like to raise it to a higher level, hindi 'yung siraan nang siraan ng mga kandidato. Gusto ko sana 'yung discussion ng ating domestic issues with international policies," she said in her commencement speech today at the Bulacan State University (BSU).
She also denounced the level of discussion and arguments between her fellow candidates in the previous debates.
"Ang maririnig mo lang ay lagyan ng tulay d'yan, magbibigay ako ng kalsada, libre ang state education. Ang malaking tanong, saan tayo kukuha ng pera? Di naman nila tinutukoy 'yun," she told her audience.
"The presidential debate should focus on where should we get the money to start up," she added.
Miriam was invited as guest speaker at the university’s graduation rites with an audience of more than a hundred graduatess.
Senator Santiago failed to participate in the second leg of the presidential debate held in University of the Philippines in Cebu City last March 20 because she has been accepted as fit to and will therefor undergo an international clinical trial for a new and unnamed cancer pill.
She joined said trial to have free access to the medication which would amount to an estimate of a million pesos every three (3) weeks.
Having been personally uninvolved with campaign-related events for almost a month, the senator did not give up and continued the fight.
Appearing healthier and stronger, she and her running-mate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos are holding campaign tours and giving speeches in different universities such as University of the Philippines in Iloilo and Saint Louis University in Baguio.
Santiago remained at the bottom in the recent polls.