"I had the privilege to appear before the sala of Judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, when I was a new lawyer in 1986. She was a very strict judge. You have to be in her sala at exactly 8:30 A.M., because she starts hearing at that time.
I was in a suit, when I first appeared before her, but I didn’t have a tie. She said, "Counsel, you are in a suit, but you don’t have a tie. In my Court, when you come in a suit, you must have a tie. I fine you P50.00 for coming to Court, in a coat without a tie."
I was wearing a new Barong Tagalog, when I next appeared before her. When my case was called, she said: "You are in Barong Tagalog, counsel, but you didn’t button it, up to your neck. You should be very formal, when you come to my Court. For not buttoning your Barong up to the neck, you are fined P50.00.”
That was how strict, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was as a Regional Trial Court Judge. No wonder, she is much stricter, as a Senator-Judge, hearing the historical impeachment case of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona." Atty. Jay C. De Castro, Founder, MPB, March 1, 2012.