Miriam vows to recover, thanks supporters

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SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago on Friday vowed to regain her good health as she thanked her fans and supporters who sent their prayers and good wishes on social media.

A day after she was moved out of the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Makati Medical Center (MMC), Santiago dictated to her secretary a brief message for her supporters.

“I was buoyed by the Facebook messages. I fully intend to recover, and I am rethinking the political life. It is very soul-devastating,” the senator said.

Nurses at the hospital said Santiago was cracking jokes, proof that her health condition has improved.


Santiago was rushed to the hospital on Monday and was treated for pneumonia. The senator has been undergoing treatment for stage four lung cancer for two years.

Thousands of supporters flooded the senator’s official Facebook and Twitter pages with prayers and good wishes when news broke that she was in the ICU.

Some individuals tried to visit and sent her gifts but they were not allowed in because of her sensitive condition.

The only ones allowed in Santiago’s room are her husband Narciso “Jun” Santiago, other family members, nurses and doctors.

Santiago, despite her serious ailment, topped the list of the country’s most influential women as published in the Internet by toplistnetwork.com.

The list include Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares, businesswoman Teresita Sy-Coson, Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares, businesswoman Helen Yuchengco-Dee, Senator-elect Leila de Lima, Sen. Pia Cayetano, businesswomen Zenaida Rustia-Tantoco, Vivian Que-Azcona and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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