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Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago cried foul over reports that so-called VIP prisoners enjoy extravagant accommodations in jails. “How can there be justice in our correctional system when we have a double standard between poor and rich inmates?” the senator asked. Santiago cited news reports of rich high-risk prisoners in the New Bilibid Prison staying in […]


Miriam hits trapo CA plot

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, member of the bicameral Commission on Appointments, denounced as “indubitably unethical, unprincipled, and reeks of trapo politics” what she said is a plot to obtain confirmation of DSWD Sec. Corazon Soliman, over her opposition and those of certain House representatives. Santiago said that the Commission on Appointments, headed by Senate president […]


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    Miriam has also been the darling of the press because of her wit and candor. The MOVERS-YOUTH (Movement for Responsible Public Service-Youth Organization for Unity, Truth, and Honesty) published in 1991 some of the memorable quotes by Miriam. These includes the often quoted:

    • “I eat death threats for breakfast!” 

      (To a journalist’s question: “What is your reaction to the many death threats received by your office?”)  

      “As the poet said, because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me.  But as another poet said, although the woods are lovely, dark, and deep, I have miles to go before I sleep.  As God has seen fit to spare of my life, I am committed to the pursuit of His justice, including the crusade against graft and corruption.

      “I challenged him to a debate in UP or Ateneo campus.  His reply was that he cannot debate with women.  I asked around, and I learned that he cannot debate with men, either.  In short, he simply cannot debate.” 

    • Click here to read more on the Miriam Dictionary (with caricatures from newspapers and magazines).

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