Miriam Defensor-Santiago out of ICU

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was moved out of the intensive care unit (ICU) and transferred Thursday to a regular private room at the Makati Medical Center, according to a statement from her office.

Santiago, who is battling stage four lung cancer, was rushed to the hospital Monday after developing pneumonia due to complications of her disease and moved to the ICU the next day, the statement said.

She is now in stable condition, it said.

 

Her husband, Jun Santiago, said the senator was bearing her condition well with her trademark sense of humor.

On May 24, Santiago told the Senate she is extending her medical leave after she developed anorexia as a side effect of one of her anti-cancer medications. Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.

The senator 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 won by a landslide.

Her running mate, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, and former rivals Sen. Grace Poe and outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay were among the many who have wished her well.

Santiago's staff said the public may express sympathy and compassion by sending prayer cards to the senator's official Facebook page.

CNN Philippines correspondents Anna Estanislao and Selina Dagdag contributed to this report.