Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, positively claims on Friday, May 6, that she can finish the six-year presidential term, if elected on May 9.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who is also a presidential candidate, said on Friday that she is positive that she will be able to finish six years of her term, if ever she is elected as the next president of the Republic of the Philippines this May 9 election.
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Santiago assured the public that she has enough energy and strength to serve the Filipino people and deliver her responsibilities for the next six years if she becomes the president. She said she will be able to steer the Philippine history to a higher level, just like how she won the battle against lung cancer.
“Of course, I will finish the six year term. It would be stupid to run for a six-year term and then just decide for example, to stay in power for 4 years. You cannot finish your programs of government,” Santiago said in a televised interview.
She said that her experience in serving the public is long enough to help her overcome the challenges she will be facing under her administration. She admits that she may not be as healthy and more energetic compared to when she first ran against former President Fidel V. Ramos in the 1992 presidential elections, but she has the wisdom.
“Maybe in the past, I was healthier and more energetic and more creative but today, I may not have the strength I had in 1992, but I have wisdom, borne of experience in government,” she said. “You cannot write about these things in books, you have to actually do them in the field.”
Santiago further revealed that she actually supports proposals regarding national and local candidates submitting a bank secrecy waiver before running for government office.
“It’s not normal but we live in extraordinarily corrupt times so I would support that move, provided it is not open-ended, it must have a definite expiry date,” she said.
However, on the other hand, she is against the proposals of national candidates publicly disclosing medical records. That, she said, is intruding one’s right to privacy.
“That is trenching on the human rights of every person particularly the rights to privacy. The American courts have been very zealous in protecting the rights to the privacy of every individual because you can see from today’s news leaks in the media, that it is very irresponsible to keep these people in that position,” she pointed out.