- Feisty senator hinted at return to normal civilian life after election loss
- She posted a poignant post on her FB page about the essence of family
- Supporters thanked Santiago for running, praised her for her effort
MANILA, Philippines – Farewell, farewell.
On her Facebook page, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago hinted at a possible return to normal civilian life amid her impending loss in the presidential elections for the third time.
“You have to have a place where all is quiet, and you’re judged not for what you have achieved, but just for what you are. And if the world has turned against you, there must be a place where you can return, where you are welcomed with the same open arms, because they know that politics, come and go, victory and defeat are the same,” read her post.
The senator’s quote was taken from her interview with CNN Philippines where she was asked her thoughts on the essence of family love.
“That is the essence, I think, of family love. That it should be the comfort and the haven of a person who is battered by the world. When he or she comes home, there should be a presence there that enables him to still make sense of the irrational world,” the caption on the post read.
Santiago’s post has been well-received by her supporters; with many of them thanking the senator for bravely mounting a run despite her health.
Santiago, the bottom-placer in the current race, is the only candidate who has yet to concede to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Previously, she ran and lost against Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Estrada in the 1992 and 1998 presidential elections respectively.
In an earlier post, Santiago told her supporters to brighten up despite her looming loss and said their efforts were not in vain because they fought together for a noble cause.