It looks like Filipinos will no longer see Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago at the Senate.
Although the senator’s term will end on June 30, she has informed Senate President Franklin Drilon that she will be on medical leave during the remaining days of her final term.
In a letter addressed to Drilon dated May 24, 2016, Santiago, known for her legal brilliance and acerbic tongue, said one of her medications for Stage 4 lung cancer triggers a side effect of anorexia (an eating disorder), which renders her “physically and mentally weak.”
The senator has not been attending sessions because of her illness, which she announced in July 2014.
“In any event, my staff and I shall be ready to vacate our offices by 30 June 2016,” she wrote.
Santiago is on her third and last term in the Senate.
She has filed the highest number of bills and authored some of the most important laws.
Santiago took her second stab at the presidency in the May 9 elections but partial and unofficial tally of votes showed that she got the least number of votes in the presidential race.
She earned over a million votes, far from the 15 million votes garnered by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.