A better Philippines under President Miriam Defensor-Santiago

She may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Miriam Defensor-Santiago (MDS) is definitely not like all the rest of them. And, suddenly, just like that, there is a viable standout above the three uninspiring, undifferentiated, pwede-na-yan presidential candidates. With Santiago in the race, there will be a political debate. The sad none-of-the-above choices now have a true statesman to challenge their idiotic campaign on the back of sacrifice platforms.


For Santiago, her vision for the Philippines is quite simple: When she becomes president, “this country will be much better than it was before.”

“Today, this country suffers from the malaise of plunder. Plunder is when you look at one person and that other person looks at you and you feel like eating each other up. It’s like cancer,” she added.

Santiago joins other presidential hopefuls Vice-President Jejomar Binay, former DILG chief Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe, among others.

The only reason Filipinos feel a bit squeamish about an MDS presidency is because she is, to put it succinctly, quite blunt. In the Philippines’ stifling delicadeza culture, being in-your-face rubs people who are obsessed with saving face the wrong way. James Fallows in his seminal 1987 The Atlantic article A Damaged Culture: A New Philippines? could not have said it better; “The Filipino ethic of delicadeza, their equivalent of saving face, encourages people to raise unpleasant topics indirectly, or, better still, not to raise them at all.”

MDS proved in many instances that she will not balk at telling anyone the way it is. And in a country where time is desperately running out, there is a bigger chance that MDS’s style won’t be a time-waster. As Ilda pointed out back in 2012 when Santiago stood out as the sole annoying voice of reason at the height of the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona…

With most of our ASEAN neighbors moving ahead in full steam, we don’t have time for misguided “delicadeza”. It is high time we get rid of this notion of saving face. We do more damage to our society when we turn a blind eye to our public servants’ shenanigans. Some Filipinos think that supporting a public servant they voted for means not criticizing him. Like what I have said before, there is a misguided notion among Filipinos that their public servants will eventually do what they are being paid to do. This is wrong and this is part of the reasons things never go according to plan in the Philippines.

Indeed, the stark reality in the way the Philippines’ most appalling criminal acts perpetrated by the very people Filipinos have placed their utmost trust on routinely go unpunished seems to trace its roots to this cultural malaise. It is quite likely that Filipino politicians and their extended network of oligarchs have been engaged in a vast mutual back-scratching arrangement for the most part of the Philippines’ history as a “democratic” nation. Outside of this grand collusion to put one over the farce that is the Philippines’ justice system is the rest of the Filipino people — left to lap up the bullshit delivered over pretentious speeches and Big-Media-greased public relations stunts in blissful ignorance.

Hopefully Miriam Defensor-Santiago lives up to her reputation as that rare politician who is allergic to the banal bullshittery that is the Philippine national “debate” and rises to the occasion as one who begs to differ for a change.

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.

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My main concern with her right now is that she has stage 4 lung cancer. I’m not sure if she’s recovering as of this moment. Nonetheless, she’s a more viable candidate than Poe, Binay, and Roxas.

Presidente Emilio

One thing I’m afraid of is that she loses to another populist candidate. Again.

Hopefully, she can win it this time around. Third time’s a charm, eh?

PS: Who’s gonna be her vice? I wish it’s Gordon.

VLAD the Inhaler

This Woman was deemed unfit for service at the I.C.C after she was confirmed and had the job. The Woman’s incessant rantings were seen at the sham trial at the Senate of Renato ‘SALN ,ALL OF YOU’ Corona ans she was deemed unfit for service. Now, if the Woman is judged to be unfit to sit as an arbiter of International ‘Juris-Prudencia’, is she really qualified to lead a country? Go ahead elect this psychopath, but not until she gives a detailed accounting of all the Psychotropic medcations she is taking.

The Woman is a looney-tune.


Her announcement of candidacy brings hope.

Dale Jose Gozar
I respect and admire your support for Miriam and sorry to say my concerns below: 1. Age of Miriam is already above 70yrs old (same W/ Duterte & Binay). The retiring age nowadays is only 60-65yrs. So imagine just how big pressure & work is demanded being President? 2. Miriam had her chance to be President but was cheated by FVR. How can she prevent hocus PCOS cheating? Note: I also voted Miriam Not exactly my ideal candidate, but it seems no better choice na. Except my comment, Miriam, BBM and Duterte belong in my No Hit list. And besides… Read more »

Miriam, BBM and Duterte they ALL belong in your “no hit list” does that mean that either Roxas or Binay suited to your cup of tea?

Do you have evidence to support your assertion that septuagenarian Presidents from the past and presents had have not performed their duties because of such particular age you so-defined of such feeble rhetorics…

We have a saying, “In the crown of snow there cometh wisdom” that’s the understatement Miriam has to offer… She will end her legacy serving her country WITH that EXPERIENCE… please bear that in mind sir @Dale Jose Gozar

Natalia Binueza Defenssor

MDS has been treated. Her type of cancer is NON-METALISTIC CANCER. It doesn’t spread. It was just hidden for a long time so Doctors were not able to diagnose it…So she can manage and can reform well our Country compared to other Presidentiable race…

“time is desperately running out” Indeed. Achieving “Singapore” status in 30 years looks much more feasible under an MDS presidency. I sense MDS is now making a final sacrifice. The stress of a presidency can might as well end her life mid-term considering her health condition. She’s making this big sacrifice just to save us all from the 3 stooges. Maybe she is the living embodiment of the now famous line “the Filipino is worth dying for”. A genuine hero sacrifices him/herself – rather than riding on the sacrifice of a close relative who recently passed away. I hope Pinoys… Read more »

There is no future in the past. Any tour into the past is perhaps courage to live at the average level as you did; old and cold, blind and blunt! Come out! Out of the past and change position. You matter, your future matters.


I don’t believe any president hopefuls can change the colonial and crab ways of the Filipino people. That change will have to come from each and every Filipino.

Jim DiGriz

Even though Miriam is highly intelligent and educated, she has proven over and over that she is a bit of a fruitcake.

But at least the fruitcake demands respect, not like the other limp sausages running for office.

This country needs a leader people fear and respect. Miriam in her unpredictable way might just be that person. She might throw a noisy hissy fit here and there, but maybe by being in peoples faces in REAL HD she’ll actually get things done.

Enough of the immature, idiotic antics of government officials. Call people stupid when they are! Miriam certainly will.


I agree with Jim. This country needs someone who is stubborn enough to get things done. I truly believe this is the time for REAL change, and it will start with us, voting for someone responsible enough to stand for the truth and for the Filipino people. #MiriamBongBong2016

There is a certain evil to people who are generally nice. Don’t you guys agree? I mean MDS’ style is as blunt as mallet head strike that and inflicts them with a bulldozer like trample whoever gets in her way. its this kind of leadership that will pave the way putting a tight leash on the our countrymen’s neck that are so happily showering in too much democracy. I have always looked at her as an unorthodox leader kinda like Nietzsche in which teachings are as somewhat morbid but it reeks of truth. we need people who thinks outside of… Read more »
This Lady is another in a long line of Filipino BS artists that like to say the ‘went to Harvard’,LOL. Yes, they went there but were delivering food to store the cafeteria. Anyone that has paid attention to any of her speeches in the last 5 years knows that she doesn’t always stay on track and her use of words makes the dull-witted marvel but anyone with access to a dictionary knows she is usng some of the words incorrectly,OOPS ! Miriam ,as she is lovingly called by her admirer’s, is a few cards shy of a full deck. The… Read more »

Just another bloated windbag. All flipflops and no direction.


Anyone saw Miriam on TV lately. Man does she look sickly and she sounded incoherent. She used to be spry and feisty. Perhaps Marcos is trying to pull off a “Weekend at Bernie’s” to sneak into the Presidency as a sure successor.

Isn’t it ironic how she could say “The country suffers a malaise of plunder” and then turns around and joins Enrile, Marcos and Erap? Talk and action don’t match. Therefore can’t trust her. Sorry.

Philippines today is like a very poor version of late 19th century to early 20th century USA (minus the military power of course), complete with underpaid workers (factory workers in USA then, farmers in the Philippines now). What helped change USA at that time was a guy named Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy Roosevelt in my opinion is the best US president since Lincoln, since he regulated the really powerful big businesses at that time, and helped in preserving natural parks. Not only that, but during his political career, he fought against corruption even if it involved his own party, the Republican… Read more »
From: Link Academic Excellence Dr. Santiago is one of the most intellectually brilliant leaders that our country has ever seen. She earned the degrees Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude; and Bachelor of Laws, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines. She went abroad and earned the graduate degrees of Master of Laws, and Doctor of Juridical Science, from the University of Michigan, one of the top three law schools in the United States. She finished the academic requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Religious Studies, at the Maryhill School of Theology. In U.P., the perfect grade… Read more »

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