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The Filipino online community is paying tribute to the late Senator Miriam Santiago on her first death anniversary through #MiriamIsForever.

Exactly a year ago today, Santiago passed away after more than two years of battle against lung cancer.

While she is known for her fiery tirades and funny pickup lines, Santiago spent most of her life in public service, working on all three branches of the government as an Agrarian Reform secretary, a judge and a senator.

Serving the Senate for three terms – 18 years in total – she has authored numerous laws such as the Magna Carta of Women, Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (Unifast) Act, Renewable Energy Act of 2008, Climate Change Act of 2009, and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.

From her most memorable quotes to red ribbons and shirts, the Twitter-verse was filled with touching entries from supporters, immediately topping the local trends list.

Here are some of the most heartwarming tweets remembering the ‘Iron Lady of Asia’:

We love you so bad, too!

You are indeed a person beyond your time.

Pennywise? Nope. That’s for a hero.

It takes courage to eat death threats for breakfast.

It’s like she never truly left. Miriam’s words and works keep her alive.

We, too, have no regrets being part of the 3%.

Absolutely. No questions asked.

You will always be remembered, Madam Miriam!

That’s what leaders do, Donald Trump. Right, Stephen Curry?

Let’s stay woke.

May forever kay Miriam!

Meanwhile, Youth For Miriam – the same group who rallied for Santiago in the 2016 presidential elections – lined up various activities open to the public today at the Loyola Memorial Park, including a Catholic mass and a Harana para kay Miriam. 

Family and friends in attendance on today’s commemoration are Narciso “Jun” Santiago, husband of the late Senator, sister Len Defensor, 2016 elections running mate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, among others.

Days before, Senators Grace Poe and Sonny Angara filed for resolutions to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to confer the Quezon Service Cross – the highest civil service award – on Santiago who “dedicated her life to public service through her work in all the branches of government: judicial, executive, and legislative.”

Previous awardees include former presidents Emilio Aguinaldo, Carlos P. Romulo and Ramon Magsaysay, former senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. and the late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo.

How would you honor the late Senator Miriam Santiago?

Photo from Manila Bulletin


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