15 People On Why They're Voting For Miriam Santiago

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We asked our Cosmo Facebook followers to comment on this photo album to find out who they’re voting for during the Presidential Elections on May 9, 2016. These are 15 of the hundreds of answers we received from readers voting for Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.  


"Kahit madami nagsasabi na masasayang lang daw ang boto ko kay Miriam dahil may sakit nga daw siya. Miriam is the most qualified presidentiable. Unquestionable ang track record niya sa politics, madami nang napatunayan. She is not afraid to speak her mind and fight for what she believes in." - Valerie Jane

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Isip bago salita. Isip bago gawa. And especially, imbis na sarili lang isipin (because of her cancer) mas binibigyan niya ng priority ang cancer ng bansa. I will support her. Kahit sabihin pa nilang may taning na siya, mas okay nang mabuhay ng may paninindigan at pangarap para sa sarili at sa bayan kaysa hintayin ang araw na pinabayaan mong sa huling pagkakataon e di mo nasubukang lumaban para sa iba. - Lyka Asilo

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Her positions on many issues may be ambivalent from a political point of view, but they only show that Miriam is willing to be unpopular as long as she is legally right. Miriam does not pander. She always follows the law and she will always uphold it. Full stop. It also goes without saying that Miriam has never spent public funds outside of the intention of the law. When the use of pork barrel was still legitimate, she allocated her funds to local government units, to the University of the Philippines System, and to the Philippine General Hospital.) IN EVERYTHING SHE DOES, MIRIAM SEEKS TO EXCEL. Miriam will not stand for mediocrity. Starting from her days as trial court judge and up to her years in the Senate, Miriam rose in the wee hours to pore over her books, cases, and notes. 'Preparation is the key to success,' she always tells her staff. At the Senate, Miriam is the most feared during debates, because she asks the most difficult questions that nonetheless need to be answered. That's because she comes prepared. In fact, when she interpellates, she already knows the answers, and usually has amendment papers ready as well. - Godfrey Labindao 

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Among all the presidential candidates, MDS is the only one who has offered a real government reform that is doable and effective. She said when she announced her candidacy that she would fill the government with brilliant, skilled Filipinos. Siya lang ang over-qualified since she has worked excellently in all three branches of government and has authored more than 1,000 bills and laws... Kinikilala ng buong mundo at walang bahid ng anumang korapsyon... Noong siya ay Agrarian Secretary, ibinigay niya ang hekta-hektarya niyang lupa sa mga magsasaka... marami siyang tinulungan ngunit hindi niya ipinangangalandakan sa media... Ganyan dapat ang isang tunay na mamumuno... kaya hindi kailanman masasayang ang boto ko kay Sen. MDS... there is no doubt na kaya niyang baguhin at hilumin ang sugatang inang bayan.Dhan Vincent Entuna

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Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago is the most qualified and deserving of the presidency among all candidates. She does not only possess academic and professional execellence but also moral excellence, which is sadly lacking in our government nowadays. She sides with no one except with the constitution, she will always uphold the rule of law, because no one should be above the law. She writes laws, bills, and amendments that serve the need of our country and the ordinary Filipinos—not those of the personal interests of big businessmen. I could go on and on, and on, on why I will vote for the Iron Lady of Asia, but I'm afraid I will take too much space on this comments section. #Miriam2016 #SiMiriamAngSagot - Grena Ross Guintu

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Miriam is the combination of all the four presidentiables. A full package indeed. She has outstanding track records, achievements, and accomplishments. A woman who is an expert in international law and highly respected worldwide especially by world famous leaders. If we were going to analyze it, she is already overqualified for the highest position in our country so why settle for anything less? #MiriamPaRin - Jess John Sniper

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I am voting for Miriam because she has the best platforms—clear and realistic. She is the ONLY presidential candidate who has no corruption issues and nefarious connections. - AmoRes

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I'll vote for Miriam because of her platform, beliefs, and track record. She has the only well-researched, reachable, comprehensive, and most importantly, possible platform. She takes the side of what is right, not the side of the influentials and the rich. She is lawful. People say she has the best track record of all the candidates, then they say she can't be president because she had cancer. I say, why would you vote for someone who is less evil instead of voting for someone who is actually good? Why would you vote someone who has used a lot of money funded by oligarchs who will continue to run the country if their candidate wins? Why would you vote for someone who has already broken the law (premature campaigning) and still aspires to become president? Miriam is the only true opposition among the candidates. She is the only candidate who can't be used by the oligarchs. She is the only candidate oligarchs are afraid of. She is the only candidate who has practiced the rule of law even before the election campaign. She has served the country for more than two decades. She has offered her life for the country, even surviving assassination attempts since 1991. Should you vote for someone less than Miriam Defensor-Santiago, then you are voting for someone who has much lower standards. We Filipinos deserve nothing but the highest standard there is! That is why my vote is for Miriam Defensor-Santiago! - Cesar Cucio 

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She's the Iron Lady of Southeast Asia and the Margaret Thatcher of the Philippines. - Elmer Mabaquiao

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I am voting for Miriam because she embodies my ideals and dreams for our nation. Moreover, I have the highest respect for her. She is one of the important figures in my life. She symbolizes compentency and character for me. And I truly believe that she can make our rotting country a better place. I would rather take the risk of voting a sick woman fighting to the death, rather than someone who will leave me behind even before the battle begins. For I know, even in death, Miriam will serve our nation. - Rhiann Hernandez

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I am voting for Miriam Defensor Santiago because among all the candidates, she's the only one who has experienced serving the three branches of the government. People tell me that my vote will be wasted if I vote for Miriam. But let me tell you this: this woman has served our country for decades. She had cancer and when she got well, she could have chosen to rest or to travel the world. But instead, she still chose to serve this country. That's how dedicated and selfless she is. Bakit ko naman ipagkakait ang boto ko para sa isang katulad niya? - Michelle Vale Cruz 

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Yes. She is the most qualified among the presidentiables. Look not into how extravagant their campaign ads are, but look into their platforms and resume. We do not want a corrupt man, a killer, a puppet, and an American president. We want a president who is intelligent, brave, fierce, and has principles. That is Senator Santiago. Remember: the Philippines has the most number of voters that is coming from the youth. And we are for Miriam. #MDS - Czar Ianne Idor 

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Simple lang... Hindi nagnakaw simula nang naging pulitiko. Author ng kapaki-pakinabang na batas katulad ng MAGNA CARTA FOR WOMEN, na inaangkin ng lahat ng tumatakbo ngayon. Gising Filipino, marunong naman tayo bumasa at alam ang tama at mali. - Michael Bautista

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For a job interview, hands down, she has the best resume. All the other candidates are charismatic at best, ranging from the teachers pet, cool dude, smarty pants, and the the average person. (Figure it out). She's humble and knows enough to bring this country out of the hole it dug itself in. She's just the quiet type in the corner of the room who does her job well. I wish people would know about her more and not be blinded by the political show everyone is showing. Good luck to us. - Marco Asperas

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 Because she is brave. She is world class. She has the three qualities of a good leader: academic excellence, professional excellence, and moral excellence. Walang bahid ng kasakiman, maprinsipyo, mataas ang tingin sa mga kabataan. Handang ialay buong buhay para sa pagbangon ng bayan. In short nasa kanya na ang lahat ng traits ng isang napakagaling na pinuno! Subok na! - Rizaldie C. Barlas Jr. 

 * Minor edits have been made the Cosmo.ph editors for brevity and cohesion.

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