• Feisty senator issued a reassuring message to her supporters on her Facebook account
  • She told them to cheer up despite her loss, said that’s life
  • She also said their efforts were not in vain since they stood together for something

MANILA, Philippines – Despite failing to clinch the presidency for the third time in as many tries, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago nevertheless told her supporters not to feel so saddened about her looming election loss.

On her Facebook page, the feisty senator posted an upbeat message telling her followers to “cheer up” and realize that losing is a part of life.

“Cheer up, people! Ganyan talaga ang buhay [That’s really how life is]. The night is darkest just before the sun rises,” read her post.

Santiago also capped off her post with a statement saying her supporters should not think their time and effort were wasted since they labored for a worthy cause together.

“As long as we stand for something, all our energy and time are not lost,” she wrote.

Santiago is the only other candidate aside from Vice President Jejomar Binay who has not formally thrown in the towel in the presidential race.

Sen. Grace Poe and Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas earlier conceded and congratulated Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for his impending victory.

The senator— a perennial bottom-ender in the pre-election surveys— notched only 1.4 million votes for last place behind Duterte, Roxas, Poe and Binay.

Despite her popularity with students due to her brilliance and track record, Santiago’s recurring bout with cancer was seen as a stumbling block to her candidacy.

She ran and lost in the 1992 and 1998 presidential elections to Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada respectively.

Her running mate, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, is currently locked in a tight contest with Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo over the vice presidency.

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