Amid criticism against her health, presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago reiterated that she can rise to any challenge presented by the highest position in the country if elected.
"I like stress because it's a challenge. Iyung lahat ng kakayanin ko palilitawin niya at lahat ng galing ko para maganda ang resulta. Kaya stress is a big factor in the success of any endeavor,
(Stress helps in bringing out the best results and shows what I can conquer. That's why stress is a big factor in the success of any endeavor)." Defensor-Santiago said during an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News.
The senator said that she is used to stress and finds life boring without it.
"Stress is my middle name," she added.
Being in the Philippine politics for a long time, she had been accustomed to heavy stress and the way it helps in bringing out the best in her.
However, people are still concerned that once elected president, the stress of the position might aggravate her illness. Defensor stood firm that the "magic pill" she is currently taking is bringing her back to her normal health.
"Dati ay mahinang mahina ako. Pati boses ko wala akong energy, the signs of typical cancer. Ngayon iba na ako (Before, I was very weak. Even my voice doesn't have energy, the signs of typical cancer. Now, I'm different)," she said. "I'm more stable now than I ever was."
After undergoing a global clinical trial and taking the new wonder drug for cancer, Defensor-Santiago stated that she is stronger but cannot claim that she's already cancer free.
"Para na akong normal kaya lang hindi natin alam kung gaano katagal ang remission. Pero karamihan ngayon naniniwala na basta may gamot lang, kung lumabas ka ng remission mo eh di uminom ka na lang ulit (I'm almost back to normal but we don't know until when the remission can last. But everyone nowadays believes that if there's a medicine, all you have to do is take it again if you undergo remission.)"
After assuring everyone of her health, the senator said that she doesn't get bothered by pre-election surveys but is quite thankful to campuses who voted her as number one. If elected, Defensor-Santiago said that she will pass the Freedom of Information Bill and continue the legal charges connected to the pork barrel scam.