Philippine Senator and former presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago aged 71 has died.
Former judge of lung cancer, died on Thursday morning and “died peacefully” in a hospital in the capital, Manila, her husband said.
Ms. Santiago ran for president in the May elections, but he eventually lost to Rodrigo Duterte.
Plagued by ill-health campaign in the elections, but insisted that it was suitable for the office.
It had also sought the presidency in 1992 and 1998.
Born in the city of Iloilo, Ms. Santiago announced to supporters in 2014 that she was suffering from Stage IV lung cancer.
She refused a judicial position in the International Criminal Court because of her illness.
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Known as the Iron Lady Philippine politics, and was a member of the Senate feisty Santiago, who took bold positions on key issues such as corruption and defense agreements. It will also be known widely for not undo the good fight.
He was known and feared for her quick wit and even quicker tongue in court and in rallies alike.
In my days as a reporter at the start of the Philippines, and I remember he was always accommodate. She joke valiantly with the means of the Philippine media.
Her brand express method and fear often came across in interviews.
“The best president we were not.”
Filipinos have flooded social media sites to honor the late senator.
Facebook function of GMA News Agency drew more than 300,000 responses and close to 50,000 comments.
Many describe her as the best President of the Philippines, “never.”
“We have lost a great woman, a great Filipino and senior government employees. Rest in peace, Senator Madam,” said Facebook user Cedric Pazcoguin.
“My heart is broken, but I found a comfort to the fact that she passed away peacefully in her sleep Rest in perfect peace – our nation will certainly treasure the heritage forever,” wrote a supporter Ruby Ann Del Rosario of the Manila.
“You could be one of the greatest presidents we have, and this is a very sad day in the Philippines. We have lost the jewel,” said the user Kharl Ferrer.
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