Press Release
September 29, 2016

Statement of Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri on the
Passing of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. She was one of the most brilliant and dedicated public servants of our time, having served in all three branches of the government. The Iron Lady of Asia, as she came to be known, was admired for her fearless leadership and unquestionable honesty and integrity. Sen. Miriam was a legal luminary, an expert of constitutional law, and a champion of human rights, who inspired many, including myself, to render true and genuine service to our country.

Sen. Miriam was not only an exemplar of public service and a mentor to me, I also considered her as family. I express my sincerest condolences to her family during this difficult time. The whole nation joins you in remembering her exceptional life. My Palangga, Sen. Miriam DS, we will miss you.

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