ILOILO CITY: As the whole nation grieves the passing of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, members of the Iloilo media will miss the senator’s generous use of Ilonggo words of endearment aside from her pick-up lines during speaking sorties in this city.
Loving Ilonggo words like “Toto, Nonoy, Inday, Nene and Palangga” were freely used by Miriam in addressing members of the local media as if they were her relatives and long time friends.
Station Manager Henry Lumawag of Bombo Radyo Iloilo said he will miss Miriam’s Ilonggo words of endearment while being interviewed by the local media as her compassion for workers in the local media industry is legendary.
Female reporter Rod Jaen Losbanes of Bombo Radyo aired the same sentiment.
“No one can take the place of Miriam as a lawmaker and public servant and she is nonpareil as the last of the senators to truly fight graft and corruption in the government. She is brave and frank and she is not controversial in her advocacies,” Losbanes said.
Joel Franco of RM774 said that Miriam’s hugot and pick-up lines will remain in the hearts and minds of the Ilonggos especially students who looked up to the senator as the forever campus sweetheart. The radio reporter said that Miriam will remain the inspiration of people and icon of what a lawmaker should be.
Journalist Mayin de los Santos of The Daily Guardian said Miriam will forever be Miriam, the Iron Lady of the Senate while fellow journalist Glenda Sologastoa of Panay News said no one can be at par with Miriam in terms of intellect and wit.
Rudjiemar Sucaldito of Super Radyo said the Ilonggos lost a friend, a caring mother and sister and a true public servant who showed them how to stand firmly against corruption in government.
The Ilongga senator succumbed to cancer of the lungs on Thursday, September 29 stunning her admirers and friends, the studentry, the religious sector and the media.
Similarly, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog issued Executive Order 48 declaring September 29, 2016 a day of mourning in the city.
The city mayor said that Miriam brought pride and honor to the Ilonggos by serving in all branches of the government during her lifetime, as a senator, regional trial court judge, Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform and Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation.