MANILA, Philippines - Former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago died on September 29, 2016 at the age of 71 due to lung cancer.
The death has been confirmed by her husband, Atty. Jun Santiago. As quoted,
She died peacefully in her sleep this morning.Her husband told that Miriam passed away at St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City. Santiago was diagnosed with stage four (4) cancer in 2014.
On the Senate Committee hearing on Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, Senator Grace Poe, presiding officer, offered a prayer to the former senator.
I would like to ask we take a moment of silence to pray for the soul of an esteemed, a respected courageous colleague, a woman who had helped us in the past pass the freedom of information bill. May we pray for Senator Santiago, she passed away a few minutes ago[This post will be updated for other details.]
Miriam Defensor Santiago was born on June 15, 1945 and died September 29, 2016. A Filipino politician, notable for having served in all three branches of the Philippine government – judicial, executive, and legislative. She studied in universities including University of the Philippines, University of Michigan, Oxford University, Maryhill School of Theology, University of California, Harvard University, and Cambridge University. On 2011, she was elected as a Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) which hears cases against humanity for former heads of states. She was the first Asian from a third world country to be elected in such a post. She later resigned in 2014 after being diagnosed with lung cancer. (Source: Wikipedia)