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Miriam Defensor-Santiago

EFFECTIVE

EMPOWERING

ETHICAL

Educationi
 B.A. Political Science, UP Visayas
(1965)
 Bachelor of Law, UP Diliman (1969)
 Master of Law, University of Michigan Law
School, USA (1975)
 Doctor of Judicial Science, University of
Michigan Law School, USA (1976)
Work Experienceii
 Senator (1995-2001, 2004-2016)
 Senior Partner, Santiago Law Firm (1992present)
 Secretary of Agrarian Reform (1989)
 Commission on Immigration and
Deportation (1988-1989)
 Law Professor, UP (1976-1988)
 Presiding Judge, Regional Trial Court (19831987)
 Legal Officer, UN High Commissioner for
Refugees (1979-1980)
Government Committees Chairediii
 Committee on Foreign Relations
 Committee on Constitutional Amendments
and Revision of Codes
 Joint Congressional Oversight Committee
on Automated Election System
 Joint Congressional Oversight Committee
on the Overseas Absentee Voting Act
 Commission on Appointments, Committee
on Foreign Affairs
 Legislative Oversight Committee on the
Visiting Forces Agreement
 Committee on Economic Affairs
 Special Oversight Committee on Economic
Affairs
Laws Principally Authorediv
 Principal author of 2919 bills from the 13th –
19th Congress. Of these, 94 have become
law or were consolidated/substituted for
bills that became law. These laws include:
 The Student Athlete Protection Act of 2014
 Animal Welfare Act

Participatory
Decision- Making
 Accused of
“humiliating
a fellow
lawyer”
during the
impeachme
nt trial of
Corona, by
berating
him
viciously
and
publiclyix
 Asked by
the clergy
to refrain
from using
“foul
language in
criticizing
others”
during
Corona’s
impeachme
nt trial,
saying that
“the dignity
of a person
must be
respected,
regardless
of whether
he is poor
or a
criminal”x
Pro-Poor
Programs

Allegations
 Was found to
have violated
the Anti-Graft
and Corrupt
Practices Act in
2001 for
exhibiting
“manifest
partiality”
when
approving the
applications of
aliens as
Commissioner
on Immigration
and
Deportation in
1988.xi
 Allegedly used
her pork barrel
to construct a
cockpit arena
disguised as a
sports
complex, and
used her
Senate funds
to pay rent on
a family-owned
buildingxii
Actions to Improve
Ethics
Misc. Actions
 One of eleven
senators who
voted against
opening the
envelope that
allegedly
contained
incriminating




Philippine Standard Time Act of 2012
Reproductive Health Act of 2012
Anti-Image Voyeurism Act of 2008
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and
Intervention Act of 2008
 Real Estate Service Act of the Philippines
 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program
 Anti-Camcording Act of 2009
 Biofuels Act of 2006
Programs Enacted
 As a trial court judge, she “handled a
record of fifty cases a month by refusing to
tolerate delays and postponements,”
improved efficiency by introducing a
“streamlined, "user-friendly" immigration
procedures, [as well as] an Express Lane
Service” and a “self-deportation with
amnesty” option, as well as the opportunity
for overstaying foreigners to “legalize their
Philippine residency”v
Major Awardsvi
 Order of Civil Merit, by the Kingdom of
Spain (2008)
 The 100 Most Powerful Women in the
World, by The Australian (magazine) (1996)
 Magsaysay Award for Government Service,
by the Magsaysay Awards Foundation
(1988)
 The Outstanding Young Men Award for Law,
by the Philippine Jaycees (1985)
 The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s
Service Award for Law, by the Philippine
Lions, (1986)
 Most Outstanding Alumna in Law,
University of the Philippines (1988)
 Gold Vision Triangle Award for government
service, YMCA Philippines (1988)
 Republic Anniversary Award for Law
enforcement by the Civic Assembly of
Women of the Philippines (1988)
 Golden Jubilee Achievement Award for
public service, Girl Scouts of the Philippines
(1990)
Publicationsvii

evidence
against former
President
Estrada. She
says her vote
was because
the envelope
was not
included in the
original list of
evidence and
she was
adhering to the
proper legal
procedurexiii
Had a group of
spectators
thrown out of
the session hall
during the
Estrada
impeachment
trial for
“looking at
[her] in a
provocative
way”xiv
Threatened to
out another
senator’s “true
sexuality” in a
radio interview,
then
threatened to
sue him for
libel if he
responded to
herxv
Criticizes UP
students for
being
“arrogant” and
“self-centered,”
despite being a

Multiple textbooks on constitutional law,
reform politics in the Philippines,
international relations and international
law, politics and religions, corruption laws,
the 1972 Constitution, the National Internal
Revenue Code, and fighting election fraud
Stupid is Forevermore (2015)
Stupid is Forever (2014)
Inventing Myself: An Autobiography (1994)
The Miriam Dictionary (1991)





Other
 Poor record of senate attendance, including
multiple periods of indefinite leave, due to
her chronic health conditions. She has said
that her Stage 4 lung cancer is in
regressionviii

UP alumnus
herselfxvi

i "Miriam Defensor-Santiago." University of the Philippines Reserve Officers Training Corps
RSS. Accessed January 25, 2016. http://www.uprotc.org/directory/corps-sponsors/miriamdefensor-santiago.html.
ii Defensor Santiago, Miriam. "Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago Curriculum Vitae."
Senate of the Philippines, 16th Congress. August 2014. Accessed January 25, 2016.
http://senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/santiago_cvitae.asp.
iii Ibid
iv "Bills - Senate of the Philippines." Senate of the Philippines 16th Congress. Accessed January
25, 2016. http://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/leg_sys.aspx?congress=16.
bills authored prior to 2004.

Note: No info available on

v "Santiago, Miriam Defensor." Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. Accessed January
25, 2016. http://www.rmaf.org.ph/newrmaf/main/awardees/awardee/profile/177.
vi Defensor Santiago, Miriam. "Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago Curriculum Vitae."
Senate of the Philippines, 16th Congress. August 2014. Accessed January 25, 2016.
http://senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/santiago_cvitae.asp.
vii "Books by Miriam Defensor Santiago." Amazon.com. Accessed January 25, 2016.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_2?rh=n:283155,p_27:Miriam Defensor Santiago.
viii Calonzo, Andreo. "Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago Has Lung Cancer." GMA News, July
2, 2014. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/368289/news/nation/sen-miriamdefensor-santiago-has-lung-cancer.
ix Nieva-Nishimori, Aleta. "Saguisag Says Miriam Set a Bad Example." ABS-CBN News,
January 31, 2012. http://news.abs-cbn.com/-depth/01/31/12/saguisag-says-miriam-setbad-example.
x Tubeza, Philip C. "Clergyman Asks Santiago to Watch Her Language." Inquirer.Net.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/154437/clergyman-asks-santiago-to-watch-her-language.
xi Defensor Santiago vs. Sandiganbayan (April 18,
2001).http://www.lawphil.net/judjuris/juri2001/apr2001/gr_128055_2001.html

xii Ager, Maila. "Lacson Beats Santiago to the Punch, Exposes Her "Sins"" Inquirer.net,
February 14, 2013. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/358601/lacson-beats-santiago-to-thepunch-exposes-her-sins.

xiii Calonzo, Andreo. "Miriam: Learn From Erap Trial and Let Public See Evidence." GMA
News, January 24, 2012.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/245548/news/nation/miriam-learn-from-eraptrial-and-let-public-see-evidence.
xiv Macaraig, Ayee. "Corona on Trial: Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago." Rappler, January
28, 2012. http://www.rappler.com/nation/special-coverage/corona-trial/87-cast-ofcharacters/1193-sen-miriam-defensor-santiago.
xv Ager, Maila. "Lacson Beats Santiago to the Punch, Exposes Her "Sins"" Inquirer.net,
February 14, 2013. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/358601/lacson-beats-santiago-to-thepunch-exposes-her-sins.
xvi Ager, Maila. "UP Students, Politicians Slammed in Santiago's Graduation
Speech." Inquirer.net, April 9, 2013. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/387711/up-studentspoliticians-slammed-in-santiagos-graduation-speech.