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SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago is dead at 71.

We consider her inimitable and irreplaceable as senator and public servant.

She was author of 19 books in law and social sciences, plus eight more on varied subjects, including her autobiography, politics and a joke book.

She was one of the most intellectually brilliant leaders that the native country ever had.

She graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines’ College of Arts and Sciences and College of Law.

She went to the United States and finished three graduate degrees from leading U.S. universities.

As her résumé aptly states, the late senator brought honor to the Philippines in several ways.

She was the first Filipino and the first Asian from a developing country to be elected in the United Nations as judge of the International Criminal Court.

Her joke book titled “Stupid Is Forever” (pictured above) was printed 10 times in a period of four months.

We’d like to share with our readers how funny the senator was.

“I said to my husband on our honeymoon, “I’ll go my way, and you’ll go my way.”

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“If you are in a relationship, stop figuring out who wears the pants between the two of you. Relationships work best when both of you are not wearing pants.”

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“Marriage is when a man and a woman become as one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.”

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“They say when a man holds a woman’s hand before marriage, that is love. After marriage, that is self-defense.”

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President Duterte would like this one.

Adik sa droga: Payag ka na bang magpakasal sa akin?

Babae: Oo, pero okay lang ba sa iyo kung meron akong past?

Adik: Ok lang, wala naman akong future eh!

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Eternal rest, Senator Miriam.

Good night.


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Let’s go back to earth.

Amidst international indignations due to what many around the world view as human rights violations in the killings of over 3,000 supposed drug traffickers and users since President Duterte assumed office on June 30, 2016, DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., without hesitation, told world leaders in the United Nations and the Filipinos in New York and D.C. that the rule of law governs the illegal drugs campaign of his government and that other nations should not interfere with how the Philippines does its own affairs.

Secretary Yasay said President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown is “guided by a respect for human rights and the legal system,” even though thousands of illegal suspected drugs people had been killed.

“The rule of law and strict adherence to due process fully governs our campaign against corruption and criminality, including the fight against illegal drugs,” he said.

I have been wondering whether Secretary Yasay really believed what he told those leaders, as well as the Filipinos in New York and in Washington, D.C.

When Secretary Yasay’s companeros, lawyers Victor Sison, Esq. and Manuel Laserna, Jr., commented about the secretary and the obtaining conditions in the native country on extrajudicial killings in this space last week, the two presented their cases clearly.

Atty. Sison compared Secretary Yasay to a drowning man who will cling even to a straw for survival.

Beautiful line.

Is it a metaphor or just a saying?

Definitely, not a hyperbole in the Panelo tradition.

Atty. Laserna explained that Extra Judicial Killings (EJK) are taking place or had happened in the Philippines contrary to the claim of the “bulag sa pagibig” people (blind followers of President DU30).

The former law professor defined what “Rule of Law” was about, based on law books, existing laws and his observations.

That the classifications of killings as reported by PNP Director Bato dela Rosa, namely, “death under investigation,” “vigilante killings,” and “killings during police operations” were one and the same thing.

They were all extrajudicial killings.

As far as we are concerned, Atty. Laserna was able to convincingly explain that EJKs took place and are taking place in the Philippines, contrary to what President Duterte and his spokespersons had been claiming, like Secretary Yasay’s statements at the UN.

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