Santiago on presidential bid: 'I don’t have money'

March 13, 2014 9:31 am 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, March 12 (PNA) — When Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said that the next president should be female, the feisty lawmaker clarified she was not referring to herself because “I don’t have money.”

”My main problem is I don’t have the money. Period,” Santiago said in a media interview on Wednesday.

Last Tuesday, Santiago told an audience celebrating International Women’s Month that to ensure the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of gender equality, the next president of the Philippines should be female.

”Normally, we do it numerically because half of the world population is male and half is female. Therefore, we should be half and half or 50-50 representation in all matters of human endeavor both public and private,” Santiago said.

The lady lawmaker, however, clarified she was referring to fellow Sen. Cynthia Villar because “she will have money” or Sen. Grace Poe who topped the 2013 senatorial election and not to herself.

”I don’t have P1 or P2 billions which is conservative estimate for the last election. And there are excessive estimates of P15 to P20 billion for the 2016 elections,” Santiago said.

The lady senator ran but lost in the 1992 presidential election.

”I’m not looking for a job. I have already a job. I'm supposed to report at International Criminal Court. As you can see I cannot even finish my present function as member of the Commission on Appointments. Someone else would read the results of the committee hearing because I’m too tired,” she told the media after the CA gave nod to 95 career diplomats.

Aside from Villar and Poe, Santiago also mentioned Senators Pia Cayetano and Loren Legarda as possible woman candidates in the 2016 presidential race.

”Or somebody who might be making splash in the House of Representatives or maybe somebody from the level of governor who done extra ordinary things in her province,” Santiago said.

From the male side, the names of Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Alan Peter Cayetano floated as possible presidential aspirants along with Vice President Jejomar Binay who openly expressed interest to seek presidency.

The Philippines was served already by two female Presidents. Corazon Aquino, mother of incumbent President Benigno Aquino III, served from 1986-1992; and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2001 to 2010. (PNA)

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