SEN. Miriam Defensor-Santiago still managed to file the highest number of bills and resolutions in the Senate, despite being afflicted with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Santiago has topped the list of senators who filed the most number of legislations in the Senate, while her nemesis Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile—with whom she has a running word war—filed the lowest number of bills and resolutions for the same period.
A document from the Senate legislative bills and index service indicated that Santiago, a perennial topnotcher, filed 618 bills and resolutions, while Enrile filed only 16 such measures.
Trailing behind Santiago are Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. Antonio Trillanes with 543 and 249 bills and resolutions filed, respectively.
Joining Enrile in the bottom 3 senators are Sen. Vicente Sotto, 30; and Senate President Franklin Drilon, 31.
The official score released by the Senate shows that the bedridden Santiago continued to work hard in her home office. She has also made forays to the Senate, notably when she inter-pellated Janet Napoles, one of the alleged masterminds of the pork barrel scam.
As chair of the foreign affairs committee of the Commission on Appointments, she also appeared in the Senate to personally preside over the confirmation of the biggest batch of ambassadors this year.
Chronic fatigue syndrome has caused Santiago to lose her sense of balance, and although she has continued her extra-ordinary speaking tour of Metro Manila universities, she chro-nically obviously suffers from shortness of breath.
As the first Filipino to be elected judge of the International Criminal Court, Santiago was due to resign from the Senate this year, and transfer residence to The Hague, Netherlands. But her plans are on hold, while she continues to struggle against chronic fatigue syndrome, which has no known cause, and no known cure.
Senate observers have noted that Santiago usually files the highest number of measures every year, and in addition conducts the highest number of interpellations during plenary sessions.