(Transcript of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s speech after being inducted into the Philippine Judges Association Hall of Fame on 15 October 2015, at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom, Pasay City)
I am not fully in acquaintance with the status of the trial judiciary today, being preoccupied with my functions in the Senate. Ang problema sa Senado, puro mga komiko. Hindi naman katatawanan sa RTC. Many a day I have rued the hour when I was appointed to the RTC.
There is something unique about the study of the legal profession as an academic subject. I taught in the evening at the U.P. College of Law after presiding over trial cases in the daytime. One thing I noticed as an academician was: That by the process of justice, the living are governed by the dead. Continue reading
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Friday lamented that even traveling by sea in the Philippines is unsafe, as she called on her colleagues to investigate the Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) alleged failure to repair 226 defective light stations. Continue reading
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Friday urged her colleagues to investigate the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) for allegedly overpaying its officials and employees by a total of P687 million from 2009 to 2014. Continue reading
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday urged the Philippine Army to explain why, based on a Commission on Audit (COA) report, bulk of the training ammunitions and equipment it was programmed to procure in 2014 had not been delivered. Continue reading
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Friday called on her colleagues to immediately investigate gaps the Commission on Audit (COA) identified on recent government spending on transportation. Continue reading