Miriam licks cancer, may run for president in 2016
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago yesterday declared she is ready to run for president in 2016.
Santiago, who announced last July that she acquired stage 4 lung cancer, said in a statement that she is willing to run for the highest position in the land provided she has “like-minded” supporters led by Fr. Joaquin Bernas.
Now that her doctors have found that the tumor in her left lung “has regressed” after weeks of intensive treatment, Santiago said she is now “thinking of several career options.”
“I have licked cancer, and I’m actually thinking of several career options. By 2016, I will be disqualified by law to seek another term as senator,” Santiago said.
“At present, my life projects include participation in the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) based in Rome, or writing books on foreign policy at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.,” added the feisty senator.
In a televised interview, Bernas advised President Aquino not to pursue charter change but instead “take a rest” and “give (senator) Miriam a chance.”
Bernas is a recognized authority in constitutional law and was a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution.
Under the 1987 Constitution, the President is limited to a single term of six years.