Santiago raring to start campaign

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SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Wednesday maintained that her cancer has been cured and that she is ready to mount her presidential campaign next year.

“My doctors are now diagnosing me as stable,” Santiago said in an interview aired over DZMM.

“Now, they will say that my cancer is stable. Meaning to say pinatay nang sari-saring paraan, pinainom ako ng gamot na pagkamahal-mahal (Now they say that I am stable, meaning to say the cancer was defeated through various means. They made me take costly medicines),” she added.

She admitted undergoing oral chemotherapy every month but despite this, she can withstand the rigors of a nationwide campaign.


Santiago said her husband, Jun Santiago, and her foster children are also excited for her to start campaigning.

“Gusto na nga ng asawa at foster children ko na lumabas ako dahil magulo ako sa bahay (My husband and foster children want me to go out because I’m rowdy when I’m home),” she said when asked if she is ready to go on her campaign.

Santiago, who is running for president under her own People’s Reform Party (PRP), was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2014. She took a lengthy leave of absence to undergo medication.

Although her cancer had regressed, the senator continues to take her cancer medications in order for her to get healthy faster.

The senator said she had been through a national campaign several times and that she is enjoying what she is doing right now.

Santiago will be joined by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., her running mate, in some of her campaign sorties. She maintained that her tandem with Marcos remains firm.

However, she said each of them will shoulder their own campaign expenses.

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