• Santiago on presidential bid: ‘I don’t have money’

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    When Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said that the next president should be female, the feisty lawmaker clarified she was not referring to herself because “I don’t have money.”

    ”My main problem is I don’t have the money. Period,” Santiago said in a media interview on Wednesday.

    Last Tuesday, Santiago told an audience celebrating International Women’s Month that to ensure the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of gender equality, the next president of the Philippines should be female.

    ”Normally, we do it numerically because half of the world population is male and half is female. Therefore, we should be half and half or 50-50 representation in all matters of human endeavor both public and private,” Santiago said.

    The lady lawmaker, however, clarified she was referring to fellow Sen. Cynthia Villar because “she will have money” or Sen. Grace Poe who topped the 2013 senatorial election and not to herself.

    ”I don’t have P1 or P2 billions which is conservative estimate for the last election. And there are excessive estimates of P15 to P20 billion for the 2016 elections,” Santiago said.

    The lady senator ran but lost in the 1992 presidential election.

    ”I’m not looking for a job. I have already a job. I’m supposed to report at International Criminal Court. As you can see I cannot even finish my present function as member of the Commission on Appointments. Someone else would read the results of the committee hearing because I’m too tired,” she told the media after the CA gave nod to 95 career diplomats.

    Aside from Villar and Poe, Santiago also mentioned Senators Pia Cayetano and Loren Legarda as possible woman candidates in the 2016 presidential race.

    ”Or somebody who might be making splash in the House of Representatives or maybe somebody from the level of governor who done extra ordinary things in her province,” Santiago said.

    From the male side, the names of Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Alan Peter Cayetano floated as possible presidential aspirants along with Vice President Jejomar Binay who openly expressed interest to seek presidency.

    The Philippines was served already by two female Presidents. Corazon Aquino, mother of incumbent President Benigno Aquino 3rd, served from 1986-1992; and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2001 to 2010. PNA

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    5 Comments

    1. Tiwala ako kay Miriam Defensor kaya tiwala din ako sa mga gusto nyang tumakbong pagkapresidente

    2. Siony Camacho Bana on

      None of those aspiring to run for Presidency, possess the same supreme qualification that Sen. Miriam Santiago known to be . Lets hope and pray that she will pursue her unselfish goal and would continue to serve our country as next President of the Philippines.

    3. The women referred to by Senator Miriam Santiago as potential presidential candidates, namely: Pia Cayetano, Loren Legarda, and Cynthia Villar are not qualified to be president because of their possible involvement in PDAF scams. With Grace Poe, since she is just a neophyte senator, we do not know much if she has the vision, steel determination and honesty to make a good president ; Grace Poe may be another TWA like Cory Aquino.

      But if Senator Miriam Santiago is not involved in the pork barrel scam, then she is one woman who can make a difference in our corruption-ridden country. Senator Miriam is the one legislator who stood out among our senators during the the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigations while the rest of the senators kept mum about what they knew.

      There should be an end to overspending during elections and laws that peanalize overspending should be strictly enforced. If money is her problem, Senator Miriam should start her fund drive now like what Barack Obama did during his runs for the Presidency. I’m sure her legions of fans will donate online and their donations will raise a substantial amount to put a deserving lady like Senator Santiago to realize our nation’s long dream to have an honest and capable president.

    4. I think, this is the right time for Senator Miriam Santiago to run, with or without money, I think the Pilipino people already learned their lesson. Your credibility speak for itself and i think Pilipino’s are tired of this corrupt, greedy and self serving politician, who put and serve himself first before the Pilipino people. God Blessed You, Senator.

    5. THIS IS SAD THAT THE LADY WHO CAN MAKE SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE TO OUR COUNTRY CANNOT RUN IN A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BECAUSE SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE FINANCIAL WHEREWITHAL.

      WHILE THE ILLICIT FORTUNES OR MONEY OF THE CROOKED MAY CONTINUE TO MAKE CRIME AND CORRUPTION PAY.

      iS THIS REALITY THE DEATH KNELL OF DEMOCRACY. democacy controlled by the few monied and powerful few!!

      Another Pilipino, Madame Senator Santiago, to be of great service to the world but hamstrung in her own country…

      God be with you, Senator Miriam Santiago.