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Santiago confirms she is running for president in 2016 polls

 • 03:56 AM Wed Oct 14, 2015
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Jelly F. Musico/PNA

MANILA – Despite her health condition, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Tuesday confirmed she is running for vice president in 2016.Santiago made the confirmation to the mediamen who covered a meet-and-greet for her book Stupid is Forevermore at National Book Store Glorietta in Makati City.”Yeah, as far as I am concerned,” Santiago replied when asked by the media if she will definitely run for president.The feisty lady senator said possibly” she will file her certificate of candidacy on Friday under her own party, the People’s Reform Party.When asked if she has already a running mate in mind, Santiago said her vice president has already announced” candidacy for vice president.So far, Senators Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano were among those who have already declared intention to run as vice president but still without tandem.She said the only hindrance to her ambition to seek higher office was if I get struck by another bout of cancer which doesn’t happen that often.””But definitely, I will run because I’ve already gotten out of cancer and there’s nothing left to do,” Santiago said.Santiago has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in July 2013.Four months later, Santiago has been told by her doctors that her 90 percent of her cancer ‘has regressed.’Nevertheless, Santiago remains on medical leave since last year.Santiago ran but lost in the 1992 presidential race won by former President Fidel V. Ramos.

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