Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is considering to again throw her hat in the race for the presidency in 2016 after she was told that her cancer in her left lung has been placed under control.
Santiago is also “happily surprised” that she placed 2nd in a presidential choice survey conducted by Publicus Asia. Sen. Grace Poe topped the survey while Vice President Jejomar Binay placed 3rd.
Santiago placed third behind Binay and Poe in a Pulse Asia’s survey last December.
“To remain in the consciousness of voters despite an absence of over a year is certainly a challenge, including remaining in public service. And I consider it in that light,” the feisty senator noted.
In a statement, Santiago said she was “elated and gratified” by her doctors’ pronouncement that her cancer growth has been controlled and arrested.
Santiago was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2014.
Santiago–now 70 years old–ran for President in 1992.
A New York Times report said Santiago was leading the canvassing of votes for the first five days.
After a string of power outages, the tabulation concluded, and then administration party candidate Fidel Ramos was declared President-elect.
Santiago filed a protest before the Supreme Court as electoral tribunal, citing the power outages during the counting of votes as evidence of massive fraud.
Her election protest was eventually dismissed on a technicality.