Miriam Defensor SantiagoFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to searchIn this Philippine namefor married women, the birth middle nameor maternal family nameis Palma, the birth surname or paternal family name is Defensor, and the marital nameis Santiago.The HonourableMiriam Defensor SantiagoGCSQSCSenator of the PhilippinesIn officeJune 30, 2004 – June 30, 2016In officeJune 30, 1995 – June 30, 2001Judge of the International Criminal Court
In officeDecember 12, 2012 – June 3, 2014Nominated byPhilippinesSucceeded byRaul PangalanganChair of the Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeIn officeJuly 22, 2013 – June 30, 2016Preceded byLoren LegardaSucceeded byAlan Peter CayetanoSecretary of Agrarian ReformIn officeJuly 20, 1989 – January 4, 1990PresidentCorazon AquinoPreceded byPhilip JuicoSucceeded byFlorencio AbadPersonal detailsBornMiriam Palma DefensorJune 15, 1945Iloilo City, PhilippinesDiedSeptember 29, 2016 (aged 71)Taguig, Philippines
Political partyPeople's Reform PartyOther politicalaffiliationsNacionalista(2010)Spouse(s)Narciso Santiago(m. 1971)ChildrenNarciso D. Santiago IIIAlexander D. SantiagoEducationUniversity of the Philippines Visayas(BA)University of the Philippines Diliman(LLB)University of Michigan(LLM, SJD)Maryhill School of Theology(MA)WebsiteOfficial websiteMiriam Defensor SantiagoGCSQSC(born Miriam Palma Defensor; June 15, 1945 – September 29, 2016) was a Filipina academic, lawyer, judge, author, and stateswoman, who served in all three branches of the Philippine government: judicial, executive, and legislative. Defensor Santiago was named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997 by The Australian.She was known for being a long-serving Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, an elected as judge of the International Criminal Court, and the sole woman recipient of the Philippines' highest national recognition, the Quezon Service Cross.In 1988, Defensor Santiago was named laureate of the Ramon Magsaysay Awardfor government service, with a citation for bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a graft-ridden government agency.She ran in the 1992 presidential electionbut was controversially defeated.In 2012, Defensor Santiago became the first Filipina and the first Asian from a developing country to be elected a judge of the International Criminal Court.She later resigned the post, citing chronic fatigue syndrome, which turned out to be lung cancer.In 2016, she became part of the International Advisory Council of the International Development Law Organization(IDLO), an intergovernmental body that promotes the rule of law.
Defensor Santiago served three terms in the Philippine Senate, where she was known for supporting progressivelaws, and authored or campaigned anti-corruptionbills.