Noong nabubuhay pa si Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, nagbitaw siya ng ganitong salita:
“No one will remember me if I suddenly drop dead tomorrow. But generations after you and me would be able to put behind them the culture of corruption, and build a new shining nation with leaders who are neither dazzled by the material world, nor confused about their purpose in life.”
Nagkamali ng akala ang pumanaw na senadora dahil buhay na buhay sa mga Pilipino ang kanyang alaala kahit apat na taon na ang nakalilipas mula nang bawian siya ng buhay.
Active pa rin ang official Facebook page ni Miriam na may 3.5 million followers at umaabot sa libu-libo ang likes sa mga post tungkol sa kanya.
Buhay na buhay ang alaala ni Miriam dahil sa sagot ni newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo sa tanong na “If you can create a new paper currency with the image of any Filipino on it, dead or alive, who would it be and why?” sa question-and-answer segment ng Miss Universe Philippines 2020.
Tumanggap ng mga papuri si Rabiya dahil sa sagot nitong pagpupugay na rin niya sa kapwa Ilongga:
“If I would be given the chance, I would use the face of Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
“For those who don’t know, she’s an Ilongga, but what I admired about her, she used her knowledge, her voice to serve the country.
"And I want to be somebody like her, somebody who puts her heart, her passion into action.
"And after all, she is the best president that we never had."
Sa pamamagitan ng isang Facebook post, pinasalamatan si Rabiya ni Atty. Narciso Santiago Jr., ang biyudo ni Senator Miriam, dahil sa kanyang sagot na pagbibigay-parangal sa brilliant senator.
Mensahe ni Atty. Santiago, "To the newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020, congratulations!
“Me and my Family would like to give you our heartful gratitude and appreciation for your kind and wonderful comment on my wife, Miriam. We hope that you would be successful in attaining all your goals in life.
“Just in case you will be needing help, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help you. Thank you.”
Dalawang beses kumandidato si Miriam bilang pangulo ng Pilipinas, noong 1992 at 2016, pero hindi siya pinalad magwagi.
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