Miriam to run for President

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago questions Technology Resource Center Director General Dennis Cunanan during the Blue Ribbon hearing on the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam at the Senate in Pasay City, south of Manila, on 06 March 2014. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES) (NPPA)

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago says she will file her certificate of candidacy for President in the upcoming national elections.

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According to The Inquirer, she said the Philippines will be a “much better country” if she became president.

Santiago even compared the state of the Philippines to cancer, saying the country "suffers from the malaise of plunder."

The senator had previously been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in June 2014 but stated her intention to run for president if her condition improved.

This will be her third presidential bid, with the first in 1992 won by Fidel Ramos, and her second in 1998, where she lost to Joseph Estrada.