The Philippines will commemorate former Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s 1st death anniversary today.
Sen. Santiago known as the Iron lady of Asia, died at 71 years old because of lung cancer. She served the senate for 18 years and also served in the three branches of government: presiding judge of the Quezon City regional trial court, commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, and secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform.
The senate wants to offer Sen. Miriam the Quezon Service cross for her 50 years of selfless service to the country.
The Quezon Service Award is the country’s highest honor bestowed by the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives on citizens who have given “exemplary service to the nation.”
Since its creation in 1946, only five Filipinos have been honored of the Quezon Service Award– Carlos P. Romulo, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, former president Ramon Magsaysay, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former interior secretary Jesse Robredo.
Sen. Poe and Angara filed two separate resolutions asking Malacañang to bestow the highest civilian recognition award to the former Sen. Santiago.
According to Phil. Star, Sen. Grace Poe stated that the Quezon Service Cross should be conferred to Sen. Santiago for her immeasurable contributions to the nation and dedicating 46 years of her life in public service fighting graft and corruption in government.
“She deserves the Quezon Service Cross. Because rare is the Filipino who had served in the judiciary, the Cabinet and the legislature, and rarest is the one who served in all with brilliance and distinction. She was in a class of her own,” Angara said.
“She exceeded the qualifications set for a Quezon Service Cross recipient, of having served in such a manner and such a degree as to add great prestige to the Republic, or as to contribute to the lasting benefit of its people.” As stated by Angara in his resolution.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III gave his full support for the conferment of the award to Santiago. Sens. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Risa Hontiveros and Leila de Lima also issued statements backing the resolution.
“The late senator’s contribution to the country is beyond question. The President highly respects the lady. We look forward to receiving the resolution of the Senate,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said
“The Office of the President welcomes moves to confer the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago the Quezon Service Cross,” Abella said.
Sen. Santiago ran for President last 2016, even though she was suffering from lung cancer. She was admired and honored for her very brave attitude.
Her youth volunteers organized a program and mass at the Loyola Memorial Park today to remember Sen. Santiago and her first death anniversary.
Reported by: Francia Kaye Uyvico and Chloe Anne Bual