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“As a constitutionalist, she has always been an advocate for the rule of law. Rest in peace, Madam Senator,” Duterte said.
Santiago has rightfully earned the title Iron Lady of Asia.
Meanwhile, the palace called the late senator a “shining light in Philippine political annals for her sharp legal mind, uncompromising stand, and acid humor.”
“She had a profound influence on millennials and the youth, constantly challenging preconceived notions both political and social,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said. “Her passing also signals the passing of an era of politicians with wide ranging intelligence and courage to express their true conviction.”
Despite being rivals during the 2016 presidential campaign, Santiago and Duterte did not exchange demeaning words with each other. Duterte was even fond of then senator.
He once asked her, during a presidential debate in Pangasinan, how she was doing instead of a typical political question. Santiago then replied that she was “almost back to normal good health” because of a secret pill.
“(The pill) is being sold at atrociously expensive prices. It’s a miracle worker in a sense that I am almost normal now,” Santiago said in response.
“Oh come on, you’ll live for a thousand years. No doubt about it. I rest my case,” Duterte replied. ASCS
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