MIRIAM and Grace sounds so charming, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said while alluding to Senator Grace Poe who might be her running mate when she runs for President in 2016.
She told reporters seeking the presidency was among her options in case she fully recovers from lung cancer by the end of 2016.
She said her two other options were joining the International Advisory Council of a non-government organization that she didn’t identify and writing a book in Washington, DC, under a writing fellowship.
Having served two terms as a senator, Santiago said, she was ineligible for another term but she would definitely work abroad if she was cured of cancer.
Santiago, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer last June, said a “wonder pill” that she was taking daily had removed about 80 percent of the cancer tumor from her body.
She said in a statement on Aug. 27 that she had beaten cancer and hinted on running for President.
She is not losing her hair but her fingers and toes were bleeding and parts of her body were painful, she said.
She hoped to go back to her job in the Senate on Oct. 20, and if there was anything that cancer had not changed, “it is my temper.”
“If I don’t make a full recovery and go on to a dark place, I will come back anyway and sabotage the plans of corrupt politicians,” she said.
“Maybe we can have two women running together, President and vice-president. How about that, ladies? Maybe it’s Miriam and Grace. It just sounds like a restaurant.”
Santiago said the other possible women candidates were Senators Nancy Binay and Pia Cayetano.
Poe aside, she said, she also wanted former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as her running mate. She said she had always wanted Duterte to be her running mate.
“Oh, I would love to run with Rudy Duterte,” Santiago said.
“But he himself said he will not run for public office although I don’t know if we can change his mind.”
She is also considering former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro.
Meanwhile, Poe said it was heartwarming to be regarded in such a way by Santiago, one of the sharpest minds in the senate.
“She strongly supported me and provided legal guidance for the passage of the FOI,” Poe said.
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