SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday defended Senator Miriam Santiago from calls for her to release her medical records to prove that she is physically fit for the presidency, noting that her right to privacy should be respected.
“Ako, pagka sinabi niya na kaya niya ang mangampanya, na magaling na siya, e di sino pa ba paniniwalaan ko kung hindi si Senator Miriam, (if she said that she can join the campaign and that she is well, then there is no reason to doubt Senator Miriam),” Marcos said in a television interview.
Dr. Sylvia Estrada Claudio, in an open letter to Santiago, asked that the senator’s medical records be released.
But Santiago rejected the request.
“If she (Claudio) wants to she can go to St. Lukes Medical Center and she can formally ask there in writing then St. Lukes will follow their protocol and abide by it,” the feisty senator said.
Before she filed her certificate of candidacy for president, Santiago said she has been cured of lung cancer. She chose Marcos as her running mate.
Marcos said that talks are still ongoing between his camp and Santiago to discuss the details of their alliance.