Miriam Defensor-Santiago extends medical leave due to anorexia

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago told the Senate on Tuesday (May 24) that she is extending her medical leave after she developed anorexia (inability to eat) as a side effect of one of her anti-cancer medications.

In a letter addressed to Senate President Franklin Drilon, Santiago said that the eating disorder renders her "physically and mentally weak."

Santiago, who was diagnosed with a stage 4 lung cancer in 2014, joined an international clinical trial in March to gain free access to an anti-cancer pill, which she did not identify.

The clinical trial requires her to "report for outpatient radiation treatment at the hospital daily for a short period," she said.

Santiago landed at the tail-end among five candidates in the race for the presidency in the May 9 elections, which Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appeared to have won by a landslide. Her term as senator ends on June 30.

"My staff and I shall be ready to vacate our offices by June 30 2016," she said in her letter to Drilon.