This morning, the whole country and Filipinos from across the globe woke up to a sad news. The “Iron Lady of Asia,” former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, died in her sleep on Thursday morning. She was 71 years old.
Her husband, Narciso “Jun” Santiago, said, “She died this morning in her sleep, she was unconscious when she passed away.”
Jun added that the former senator passed away at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Taguig City. Miriam was first diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer back in 2014.
Meanwhile, the netizens have taken to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to express their sadness and grief over this heartbreaking news.
Here are some of them:
Sen. Miriam Santiago, you will always be remembered. Thank you for selflessly serving our country and the filipino people.
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) September 29, 2016
Sen. Miriam Santiago, you will finally know the truth about God, if he/she/it does or doesn’t exist. Thank you, my president #RIPMiriam
— dub (@dubkills) September 29, 2016
No one does it better but only you, Sen.Miriam Santiago.Thank you for a well served to our nation. #RIPMiriam
— Wee (@FrancesSimpao) September 29, 2016
RIP Sen. Miriam Santiago, the president we never had. You fought a good fight. We all love you. 😞💔 pic.twitter.com/n3gxgfXzDK
— آدم (@burrito_adam) September 29, 2016
We lost our country’s pride. A strong and beloved women, you will be missed Sen. Miriam Santiago.
— Dianna Moreno Buela❤ (@abcdayanaliit) September 29, 2016
The Philippines mourn as Senator Miriam Santiago passed away this morning. And btw, those who are not part of the 3% are welcome to mourn.
— Kris Calagos (@KrisostomoIbara) September 29, 2016
Rest In Peace, Sen. Miriam Santiago. You have fought the good fight. You are the greatest president that the PH never had. pic.twitter.com/pSAMfNNYEM
— ㅤ ㅤㅤ (@iamronnieverano) September 29, 2016
Your service has been deeply appreciated by every Filipino. You are now in a much better place. Thank you, sen. Miriam Santiago
— Rocelle Anne (@rannedoesntweet) September 29, 2016
My mommy,my Tita,my Elizabeth Taylor,my lawyer, my mentor my everything… I don’t know what to say… I cannot say goodbye 😢 I just can’t… You put so much happiness and positivity in my life that I just can’t imagine I can’t call you ever again… Tita, I remember you telling me it will be like you just travelled to see your son who you just imagine is studying abroad… I might have to think like that for now…I love you my super hero… I will miss you my cleopatra… I will be the luckiest girl in history to have you as my 2nd mom. I love you so much!!!! Until we meet again my mommy m…
You would read vogue for me and in return I would study your law books… You made me study the “serious Einstein subjects” and bring me to meet the “kings and queens” the way you would say it… You showed me so much of the world, put on my slippers when I had a migraine and fed me the best lobsters in bed…i would sleep over for weekends and stay up till 2am and we would talk about cleopatra and grace Kelly… Your big hair and workout clothes, your lambing tone,your sweetness and kisses… When this photo was taken a halo appeared on my screen… Indeed you were and will always be my guardian angel…