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Santiago seeks re-election as senator

Posted on: November 27, 2009

Santiago seeks re-election as senator

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 12:04:00 11/27/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago filed her candidacy for senator with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila Friday.

She is founder of the People’s Reform Party, but Santiago said she accepted the slot as guest candidate of at least six parties that offered to adopt her.

“I will not run as President but I will be supportive whoever wins as president. But my loyalty is with the Constitution,” said Santiago.

Social welfare secretary Esperanza Cabral was with Santiago during the filing.

“[The] Maguindanao massacre is coercion to play up panic to compel the administration to give into unlawful demand that only one family rules Maguindanao. The impunity is spitting on the face of law, the massacre of 57 people is of Neanderthal mentality,” said Santiago, referring to the November 23 carnage.

Santiago said the massacre would have been prevented if there was prior surveillance such as wiretapping of phone calls since it was public knowledge in the province that there would be a planned multiple murder.

At 43, Santiago was named Laureate of the Asian Nobel Prize, known as the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service. She was cited “for bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a graft-ridden government agency,” according to the Senate website.

In 1992, Santiago ran for president but lost to former president Fidel V. Ramos, who served until 1998.

Since Friday, the Comelec has accepted 33 candidacies for president, two for vice president and 21 for senator.


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