Senator Miriam Santiago: I will run for presidency despite my cancer

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said she will announce her presidential candidacy next month. She also announced that she was diagnosed with cancer.

“I think you’re expecting I would announce I am the only senator who out of boredom developed a relationship with a toyboy but that is not the case. The distinction lies somewhere else. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce myself to you as the only senator who has been diagnosed with lung cancer as of last week,” Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said in apress briefing at the Senate today.

“I think many of you have already noticed for the past two or more years that I have had difficulty. I’ve always been short of breath, particularly when I deliver privilege speeches or even commencement speeches.”

Miriam Defensor Santiago

“I don’t know what the reactions of my enemies are. Maybe they’ll be happy because on one hand I might die and then they could get rid of me but on the other hand, I might survive and I will get rid of them.”

“I have come in so far as you are concerned so you can see me personally before the cancer ravages my physical body.”

“So I have come to shake hands with you personally or to kiss you personally because I’ve missed you for two years and you’ve been kind to me in my political career. However, if I’m not able to do that today, I’ll kiss you anyway when I’m dead.”

“The happy thing about my situation is my sister is a medical doctor. She is in close touch with a person considered the top, number one lung cancer specialist in the world so in effect he is my oncologist but he is doing it long distance.”

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