Miriam Santiago Passes Away at 71

Miriam Defensor Santiago, who has been battling lung cancer, passes away at 71.

Santiago succumbed to cancer on Thursday morning, September 29. 2016, her husband Atty. Jun Santiago said.

The former senator died peacefully in her sleep this morning, Santiago added.

She passed away while confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City.

She disclosed in 2014 that she had stage 4 lung cancer.

Miriam was born in Iloilo City on June 15, 1945, the former senator ran for president in the May 2016 elections but lost to President Rodrigo Duterte.