Netizens remember a brave senator's legacy through #MiriamIsForever

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago once wrote a best-selling book called "Stupid Is Forever," a collection of her trademark quotes about politics, life, and even love.

Exactly a year after she died of lung cancer at 71, her admirers played on the 2014 book's title to remember her fearless personality, boundless intellect and memorable witticisms.

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On Friday, netizens used the hashtag #MiriamIsForever to celebrate the late senator's life and legacy.

One netizen called her "the best President we never had."



Santiago ran and lost the presidency for the third time in the 2016 elections, following her failed bids in 1992 and 1998.

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Despite the losses, she was best remembered for her feisty character and gift of gab that left a unique imprint on Philippine politics.



Santiago served in government for decades — being one of few politicians to have served in all three branches — as Regional Trial Court judge, Immigration Commissioner, Agrarian Reform Secretary and finally as a three-term Senator.

On Wednesday, her former colleagues in the Senate filed resolutions calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to posthumously award Santiago the Quezon Service Cross, the highest civil service award in the country.

Read: Highest civil service award for Miriam Defensor-Santiago pushed

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the Office of the President welcomes the move.

"The late Senator's contribution to the country is beyond question," he said Thursday. "The President highly respects the lady. We look forward to receiving the resolution of the Senate."

Even though they were rivals to the presidency, Santiago and President Duterte often expressed admiration for each other.

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