Miriam Defensor-Santiago to run for president in 2016

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On July 2015, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said she had controlled her cancer and was eyeing the country's top position.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago announced on Tuesday (October 13) that she would be joining the presidential race in 2016.

Initially, the senator did not want to divulge what position she would be running for.

"I am not allowed under Comelec (Commission on Elections) law to say... all presidentiables are prohibited from saying they will run for president," said Santiago.

"They can only say that they might seek public office, but they cannot define what office they will be seeking."

Santiago, however, later confirmed her bid for the presidency after a reporter asked if she would be filing her certificate of candidacy for that position within the week.

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Santiago also said that she has a senatorial candidate, who she did not name.

Prodded by media if she has a vice president in mind, the senator gave a clue.

"He has already announced so we will be running together." She added that the campaign color of the vice president is red.

Santiago is currently on her third and final term in the Senate.

She added that she will possibly file her COC on Friday (October 16) under her own party, the People's Reform Party.

"Friday is the last day, possibly Friday because it is always such a circus there during the filing of COCs."

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'If I become president, this country will be much better'

Asked why she decided to run, the senator had this to say: "I will run because I already gotten over my bout of cancer and there's nothing left to do."

"If I become president sometime in the very near future, this country will be much better than it was before. Our country suffers from the malaise of plunder."

She added that she could opt to apply for a job abroad, but would rather continue her career in public service in the country.

"I think because I have served the government from the very beginning, I'll end my career here."

CNN Philippines' Anna Estanislao contributed to this report.