Despite absence, Santiago makes presence felt through social media

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Citing health reasons, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago had to skip the second leg of the presidential debates in Cebu on Sunday (March 20). But she made her presence felt on social media.

In her official Twitter account, Santiago weighed in on some of the pressing issues tackled during the debate which was delayed for around 90 minutes.

One of them was divorce.

Santiago, who is going through a clinical trial for a new anti-cancer pill, expressed via Twitter she is in favor of divorce on two grounds: an attempt on the life of a spouse by the other, and adultery or concubinage.

The rest of the candidates - Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe, and Mar Roxas - were all against it as they expressed during the debate's "Taas Kamay"segment where the moderator, TV5 news chief Luchi Cruz-Valdez, asked them to raise their hand if they were in favor of divorce.

Candidates were also asked to raise their hand if they were in favor of the death penalty. Santiago said she was also "open to death penalty drug traffickers" while maintaining that the "justice system should be improved."

Duterte and Poe expressed support for the reinstating of the said penalty.

Also among the issues raised during the event was the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, which would mandate government officials to disclose public documents, including their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

In her tweet, the senator vowed "to certify as urgent the FOI Bill." Like her, the other aspirants want the passage of the said bill.

"Pag ako ay naging pangulo, ipapasa ko isang matibay na FOI para malaman ng sambayanan ang nangyayari sa kanilang gobyerno," said Roxas.