Santiago-Marcos tandem visits Iloilo City

April 14, 2016 3:16 am 

ILOILO CITY, April 13 — After being absent in the campaign trail for almost two months, presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago visited Iloilo City, her known bailiwick on Wednesday.

The People's Reform Party (PRP) standard-bearer endorsed her tandem, vice presidential bet Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., to the more than 1,500 people inside and outside the University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas-Iloilo campus.

It was Santiago's first public appearance after her speaking engagement at the Our Lady of Fatima University in Valenzuela City last March 4. She also missed the second round of presidential debates at the University of Philippines in Cebu last March as she had to undergo clinical trials for an anti-cancer pill.

During her 13-minute speech, she presented her platform of government in the areas of poverty reduction and employment generation.

Santiago, who is wearing a yellow embroidered lady barong and black skirt, appeared stronger and seemed to be back in her fighting form.

In an ambush interview, she said that her “medicine seems to be working.”

She also called Marcos her “palangga” when the latter helped fix her microphone while she was speaking. Santiago said “lain ang nagligad na kaysa subong” or the past is different from the present to the roaring applause of the audience, alluding to Marcos’ family history.

For his part Marcos, who was warmly met by the student body, said he considered himself very lucky because he was married to an Ilongga in the person of lawyer Louise Araneta Marcos, whose family hails from Bago City, Negros Occidental and his running mate was also a respectable and highly qualified Ilongga in the person of Santiago.

“Napakaswerte ko dahil hindi ko akalain na ang aking idol, mentor at pinaka-hahangaan kong tao at ang pinaka-qualified na tao na maging pangulo ay napili akong running mate. Isang napakalaking karangalan,” he added.

In an earlier interview, Marcos said their appearance in Iloilo was Santiago’s way of returning the favor since he introduced her in his hometown of Ilocos Norte during their proclamation rally at the start of the campaign season.

The visit at the UP Visayas capped the three-day "Unity Caravan" of Marcos in Western Visayas. He also visited Bacolod and Bais, Negros Oriental. (PNA)

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