• Miriam better, out of ICU

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    SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago is now in stable condition and has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Makati Medical Center (MMC) where she was rushed on Monday because of pneumonia.

    Santiago was transferred to a private room past noon on Thursday, a statement released by her office said.

    Her husband, Narciso “Jun” Santiago, said doctors allowed the senator to be transferred to a regular private room because her condition has improved.

    “She’s is taking medicines for pneumonia and her condition has been improving. She is not bedridden but doctors advised that her movement be limited while undergoing medication,” Santiago added in a phone interview.

    He said the senator still cannot accept visitors and gifts because of her sensitive condition.

    “Her immune system is still weak because of the cancer medication. She is susceptible to infection,” Santiago added.

    Some of Santiago’s colleagues in the Senate turned to social media to express their wishes for her recovery.

    “Hoping and praying for Sen. Miriam’s speedy recovery. Your tremendous courage is an inspiration to us all,” Sen. Loren Legarda tweeted.

    “My prayers for @senmiriam’s immediate recovery. Despite her illness, she has shown us that serving the country still comes first,” Sen. Nancy Binay posted on Twitter.

    Sen. Grace Poe tweeted: “Get well soon @senmiriam. My prayers are with you.”

    Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Juan Edgardo Angara also hoped for Santiago’s speedy recovery.

    Santiago was earlier named the number one choice among the Ten Most Influential Women in the country on social media.

    She ends her final term as senator on June 30.

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