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TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW WITH MIRIAM

After her speech for the Maynilad Leadership Talk at GT-Toyota Center, UP Diliman, 25 March 2015

 

You said in your speech that we should think about MVP for president. Was that an endorsement?

Yes it is. People who are like him should be in the position of leadership. It should not be people from highly publicized careers, because the careers where they are, the leading celebrities, might blind them to think that their qualifications are inspirations for the job. I’m particularly talking about people from mass media, films, and television. My qualifications are, number one, the person should be honest, but that is the most difficult qualification to determine, because there is no guaranteed test for honesty in public service. The second is professional excellence, and the third is academic excellence. Continue reading

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MIRIAM PRODS SENATE ON BILLS FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS

As the country celebrates women’s month, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago sought wider public support for her bills aimed at placing Filipino women on equal footing with men.

Santiago, author of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act No. 9710) and co-author of the Reproductive Health Law (R.A. No. 10354), said some of her proposed legislation on women and gender equality remain at the committee level. Continue reading

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MIRIAM TO EMPLOYERS: DON’T GET WORKERS’ SOCIAL MEDIA PASSWORDS

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on said employers are violating constitutional provisions on privacy when they access their workers’ personal social media accounts.

Santiago, a constitutional expert, filed Senate Bill No. 2681, which seeks to bar employers from compelling employees or even applicants to divulge their passwords for online accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading

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MIRIAM: EASE PAIN OF CANCER PATIENTS

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Sunday urged her colleagues to find ways of helping relieve the excruciating pain suffered by Filipinos battling cancer.

Santiago, who last year announced that she had lung cancer, filed Senate Resolution No. 1215, seeking an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on reports that some 45,000 Filipino cancer patients die annually without access to strong painkillers. Continue reading

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TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW WITH MIRIAM

From the press conference after the Senate committee on foreign relations hearing on six treaties, 5 March 2015

On the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago: Let’s start from the worst possible blockage to the Bangsamoro Basic Law—that is the opinion of the Supreme Court. All roads lead to the Supreme Court. You cannot emphasize certain aspects of possible negotiations between the two panels. Everything must begin and end with the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, we are dealing with the Constitution of the Philippines. The Constitution is immutable, it is unchangeable, it is non-variable. It is not like a rubber band; it does not have that flexibility. You cannot interpret it one way on Monday and interpret it another way on Friday. So we must begin the discussion on the BBL with this basic question: Is it constitutional? Continue reading