MANILA (Mabuhay) — One year after announcing that she has lung cancer, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday asked the public to continue praying for her complete recovery.
“I announced that I had lung cancer, stage four, exactly a year ago today. Please continue to pray with me and all cancer patients, as we vanquish this disease,” she said in her official social media accounts.
Santiago also posted a “cancer miracle prayer” to help in her healing.
Kim Patria, a media relations officer of the senator, said Santiago is “under strict doctors’ orders to rest as she undergoes treatment.”
A week after she made the announcement last year, Santiago expressed confidence on her chances of recovery because of the “wonder pill” she was taking.
According to Dr. Jorge Ignacio, the president of the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology, oral chemotherapy is three times more effective than the standard chemotherapy.
Santiago’s post Thursday, however, did not indicate how the treatment has worked for her since then.
Although the senator has been on qualified medical leave in the Senate, she seldom attends committee hearings, including the investigation on the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds, and the Mamasapano massacre.
In June last year, Santiago stepped down as member-judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC), citing her chronic fatigue syndrome as reason.
Santiago is set to finish her term as senator next year.
In January, she said she will decide whether to run in the 2016 presidential elections after a careful evaluation of her medical condition. Two months after, she endorsed businessman Manuel Pangilinan to be the next president of the country.
Despite making no commitment of joining the presidential race, antiago ranked sixth in the recent Pulse Asia survey for 2016, with six percentage points.
She was also tied with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero in seventh place in the survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations last month.
According to her staff, the senator remains to be the top performer in the Senate, filing a total of 1,324 bills and resolutions, or a fifth of the total number of measures filed by all senators.
“Only my body is sick, not my brain. I am not yet physically fit to attend plenary sessions. However, I have managed to discharge my duties as chair of certain Senate committees and I continue to file bills and resolutions on a weekly basis.” Santiago had said. (MNS)