- The late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was a huge loss to the Philippines
- However, she has left many remarks that will forever be remembered
- One of these is her book, “Stupid is Forever” which became a top-seller book
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Tagged as “the best president we never had” by the netizens, the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has definitely left a mark before she passed away. She was able to serve in all branches of the government, judicial, executive and legislative.
She was known to be fierce, feisty, intelligent, smart, witty and she was also very outspoken which was adored by many.
Defensor-Santiago truly knew how to make unforgettable statements. One of these was when she said she “ate death threats for breakfast”. As well as, “He is a man who has grown so old in government corruption that I believe he was a waiter during the Last Supper,” when she talked about Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
KAMI has learned that Defensor-Santiago served as the first Filipino and first Asian from a developing country to serve as the United Nations judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She also became an Agrarian Reform Secretary under Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
She joined the Presidential race in 1992, 1998 and 2016. Back in 1995, she won as a senator. She got back to the Senate in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010.
In June 2014, it was unfortunate because she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. However, it did not stop her to run for elections two years after.
In September 2016, she succumbed to lung cancer. Indeed, the Philippines has lost one of the best lawmakers we have ever had.
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Here are some of the legacies Defensor-Santiago has left to the Filipinos as reported by Ecomparemo:
The main goal of RA 9710 or Magna Carta of Women is to ensure the rights and protection of all women in the country. The role of women is just as important in nation building, especially those in marginalized sector.
2. Cybercrime Act of 2012
RA 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 aims to address legal concerns in terms of online transaction. This also prohibits illegal cyber activities such as cybersquatting, cybersex, child pornography, theft and illegal access to data or information.
3. Reproductive Health Act of 2012
RA 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 proposed universal access to contraception. This also promotes the importance of sexual education, family planning and maternal care.
4. Sin Tax Law
RA 10351 or Sin Tax Law aims to give higher tax to tobacco and alcoholic beverages to lessen the vice and promote the health of the Filipinos.
5. Stupid is Forever & Stupid is Forevermore
In 2014, the late senator has launched her top-selling book, “Stupid is Forever”. The book included her jokes and punchlines which took her 2 months in the making. She also released “Stupid is Forevermore”, a sequel of her first book. Her books became top-seller for three consecutive months.
“I would like to thank the millions of stupid Filipinos for inspiring the book,” she quipped.
Indeed, Miriam Defensor-Santiago was a huge loss to the country. However, her legacy will forever be in the heart of the Filipinos.
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