Senator Santiago may join 2016 presidential race: Cancer under control

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was “elated and gratified” by two recent events. First she was visited by world’s leading lung cancer specialists for a special consultation, second, she was named one of the top three presidential candidates by a firm in a recent survey. The lady senator is on qualified medical leave from Senate, meaning she is allowed to be absent because of her cancer and can participate in Senate activities if necessary.

Santiago said she was “happily surprised” by Publicus Asia survey listing her as one of voter preference for the upcoming presidential elections. The said survey result ranks Grace Poe, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Jejomar Binay, Francis Escudero, Rodolfo Duterte, and Mar Roxas, respectively.

“To remain in the consciousness of voters despite an absence of over a year is certainly a challenge, including remaining in public service. And I consider it in that light,” she said.

Dr. Mark Kris, a distinguished medical oncologist who serves as chief of the Thoracic Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, said although no patient can be pronounced cured of cancer, Santiago, while following the medical prescriptions of Kris, has been able to control the cancer, meaning that cancer growth in her left lung has been arrested.