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Agham, BIR Road ipapangalan kay Miriam Santiago

Inaprubahan ng Senado sa ikatlo at pinal na pagbasa ang isang panukala kung saan ipapangalan ang Agham Road at BIR Road sa Quezon City sa yumaong senadora na si Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Dalawampu’t isang senador ang pumabor sa pagpasa ng House Bill No. 7413 o “An Act renaming the Agham Road and the BIR Road, stretching from North Avenue, traversing through Quezon Avenue up to East Avenue, all located in Quezon City, as Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue”.

Nagbigay-pugay sina Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri, Majority Leader Joel Villanueva, Deputy Minority Leader Risa Hontiveros, Sens. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, at Sonny Angara sa yumanong senador na isa mga haligi ng Senado.

“She has a feisty appearance on TV and she was a very feisty woman, a firebrand of leadership and performance, but in the halls of Congress… she was like a mother to all of us,” sabi ni Zubiri.

“This honor is a small token of what she should be honored throughout the Philippines. She should be given all the accolades and honors. She was an excellent legislator and an excellent senator,” dagdag niya.

Pumanaw si Defensor-Santiago noong Setyembre 2016 sa edad na 71 dahil sa lung cancer.

Humawak ang dating senador ng mga posisyon sa tatlong sangay ng gobyerno – judiciary, executive, at legislative.

Naging presiding judge ng Regional Trial Court si Defensor-Santiago, immigration commissioner at agrarian reform secretary, at tatlong termino sa pagka-senador.

Binansagang “Iron Lady of Asia” at “Dragon Lady”, kilala din ang dating senador sa kanyang kakaiba at mainit ng mga quotation tulad ng “I eat death threats for breakfast!” remark.

“She has truly left a legacy that, to this day, serves as our guiding light in our quest towards providing our countrymen with the kind of service she has espoused her whole life: public service punctuated by integrity and honor, standing courageously by the line of fire without fear nor bias, and always advocating for the welfare of the people above all else,” pahayag ni Senador Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., ang main sponsor HBN 7413. (Dindo Matining)

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