• Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago will end her term on a prolonged medical leave
  • The senator will remain in her position until June 30, but will no longer report for work
  • She said that a side effect of one of her medications made her physically and mentally weak

After losing her bid for the presidency, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago formally sought the permission of Senate President Franklin Drilon to allow her to end her senatorial term on a prolonged medical leave; citing unexpected circumstances on her cancer sickness.

In a scanned copy of a letter shared by the Miriam Defensor Santiago for President Facebook page on Tuesday, it was disclosed that Santiago said one of the medications she is taking has produced a side effect of anorexia.

This signifies that I shall continue on medical leave for cancer. One of the medications has produced a side effect of anorexia (inability to eat), which renders me physically and mentally weak,” the senator said.

According to the U.S. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) anorexia nervosa is a serious “potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

It also added that those who experience the said disorder deny their bodies with the essential nutrients they need to function normally; resulting to the slowing down of bodily processes to conserve energy.

Last March, Santiago admitted that she participated in a clinical trial for a new anti-cancer pill that is being developed by the international health community.

Based on reports, the senator was required to “report for outpatient radiation treatment at the hospital daily for a short period” in relation to her stage four lung cancer that was diagnosed in 2014.

While Santiago remains as a senator, she will not anymore report for work at the Philippine Senate until the end of next month.

My staff and I shall be ready to vacate our offices by 30 June 2016,” the lawmaker said.