In 1992, I almost voted for Miriam Santiago as my president over Fidel Ramos. But I gave up on her when rumors of her mental re-cords started circulating in the media. I did not vote for Ramos either.
Since then, Senator Miriam Santiago has never stopped amusing me with her wit and brilliant arguments. She is one stateswoman our country is proud of. She is a fiery legislator; decisive and firm; and the most honest among the senators for she can tell a spade from a spade, so to speak. She tops the list of the senators with most number of bills and resolutions filed considering that she was almost always absent in committee hea-rings and senate sessions last year due to her lung cancer. She has filed a total of 1,007 bills and resolutions since joining the House of Senate.
After 14 years, Senator Miriam will once again try her luck in the presidential race and this time with more vigor and determination. She was quoted as saying that it will only be Mar Roxas and herself to fight for the 2016 presidency because Grace Poe might be disqualified from running and that Binay might be behind bars when election campaign starts to roll.
Personally, I like it better that senator Miriam is running with the three others in 2016 presidential election. It would mean that there is a chance that she might get elected. She is a lesser evil compared to the two others. But there are two questions that she needs to answer.
First, is she healthy enough to run our country for the next six years? Second, will she get the blessing from the Catholic Church knowing that she is an ardent advocate and co-author/sponsor of the Reproductive Health Bill?
These two questions need a very clear and definite answer from Senator Mi-riam herself. If she will say yes to the first question, then she needs to pub-lish a medi-cal certifi-cate claiming that she is healthy to run the Philippines – mentally and physically. Although it is my political belief that the other presidential candidates are sicker than Santiago’s cancer (LOL).
If she will say yes to the second question, then she is lying to her teeth. I do not think that she will be favored over other presi-dential contenders by the CBCP (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philip-pines) knowing that she has hurt the Catholic Bishops with her arguments at the height of the RH Bill debate. Plus the fact that RH Bill hangs over Santiago’s head like an axe waiting to strike her down and that axe might fall on her on a Monday, May 9, 2016. It will become two losses in the span of 14 years for her.
Yeah, the presence of Miriam Santiago in the campaign trail makes it exciting for the public and thrilling for her avid political supporters. But as for me and my household, I will do what I did in 1992. Not because of RH Bill or of her health condition. I want that the next Philippine President will keep Gloria Arroyo, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Napoles behind bars, and of course Enrile too who is on-bail. And I will not get that from Miriam Santiago.