- President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his deep condolences over the passing of his friend, former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago
- Duterte said that he will miss Santiago's 'colorful language and brains'
- Duterte and Santiago have been friends for a long time
President Rodrigo Duterte, who has always been good friends with former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, was deeply saddened by her death and said that he will surely miss her 'colorful langauge and brains'.
President Duterte, on Thursday, expressed his condolences over Santiago's unfortunate death and considered the event as a loss of one of the the government's good guys.
The president expressed his sympathy to the late Senator's family, mentioning her husband Narciso "Jun" Santiago and their son, Benjie, who was a former general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
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He also said that he would want to visit the former senator's wake if he could arrive on time.
Duterte mentioned in a statement that he is hoping that the former senator's legacy will continue to guide the country, also mentioning how the former senator had a "sterling career", remembering her being hailed as the Iron Lady of Asia.
He also mentioned how she has been the number one buster of graft and a rule of law advocate in the country, citing how she had death threats for her breakfast.
During the 2016 Elections, both President Duterte and Senator Santiago ran for presidency. The two were known to be good friends for a long time, and apparently, they had a good relationship during debates while other candidates were already having heated arguments with each other.
The two was even tagged as "DuRiam" as they showed admiration for each and expressed their close relationship on-stage as they were not seen having a bit of rivalry.
Duterte even said that he was "threatened" by the female senator, saying that she was "bright" and that he considered her as his greatest rival among other presidential candidates.
Santigo stated during an interview, that the president was one of his sponsors during her and his husband's 25th wedding anniversary.
Actress Heart Evangelista, who was one of Duterte's delegation in Vietnam, was also saddened by the death of Santiago. Heart and Santiago are known to be good friends and the actress even considers Santiago as her second mother.
Santiago was known to be the matchmaker of Heart and her husband Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero.
Santiago died on Thursday morning at the age of 71 due to lung cancer.
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