Statement of condolence of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on the passing of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago
I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of our former colleague, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
I join the millions of Filipinos in the country and around the world in mourning the passing of an exemplary public servant and a fierce defender of good governance.
Senator Miriam was among the best and brightest advocates for change who, despite her own personal battles, continued to fight for the rights and welfare of our people. She will be remembered for her strong stand against corruption and for her outstanding performance as former chairperson of the Senate foreign relations committee.
I will never forget what she once said, about how she was “a staunch believer in God, and the triumph of good over evil,” as she encouraged our people “to remain adamant that good will triumph over evil, and that good governance will triumph over corruption.”
While we will miss her presence, let us celebrate Senator Miriam’s life as a towering figure among titans of the Senate halls, including late senators Joker Arroyo, Ernesto Maceda, and Jovito Salonga.
May her legacy inspire future generations of leaders to work hard and work together in the fulfillment of our vision to create a better nation.
Paalam at Maraming Salamat, Senator Miriam. May you rest in peace. I pray for your blissful return to our Almighty Father.