Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago turned down on Tuesday a netizen’s request to release her medical records that would prove that she is fit to run for the third time for president in the 2016 elections. “No, because that’s my right to privacy,” Santiago replied when asked by the Senate media through a phone patch interview to comment to an open letter by Dr. Sylvia Estrada Claudio.
In her open letter that circulated in social media, Claudio asked the lady senator to reveal her medical records following her admission in June 2014 that she had a Stage 4 lung cancer.
Santiago said if Claudio is doubtful, “she can go to St. Luke’s Global in Makati and she can formally ask there in writing, then St. Luke’s will follow their protocol.”
“I’ll abide by it. I’ll abide by the rules of the hospital, but you know in our Civil Code and Criminal Code, a lawyer can’t force a patient to disclose in court his or her relationship with the doctor. All of these are covered by private human rights,” the senator said.
In October last year, Santiago claimed her cancer had regressed, and last July, her doctors said her disease has been “controlled.”
In the same media interview, Santiago said the netizens will catapult her to victory in the 2016 presidential race. The lady senator said she and administration candidate Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas will battle it out for president if presidential aspirants Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay will be disqualified from running.
She explained that if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will decide in favor of the two disqualification cases filed against Poe, the popular senator can no longer continue running for president.
On the other hand, Santiago said Binay is facing corruption charges in the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall parking building.
Santiago ran but lost to former President Fidel Ramos in the 1992 polls and tried again in 1998 but finished only eighth in the presidential race won by former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.