Miriam Defensor Santiago
February 3, 2012 by staff
Miriam Defensor Santiago, SENATOR-JUDGE Miriam Defensor Santiago yesterday lambasted the alleged attempt by her enemies to use her mental health condition to pressure her in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
In a press statement sent to Senate media, Santiago said any attempt to resurrect the age-old issue of mental health is a dead give-away that the personal attacks are part of an orchestrated smear campaign.
‘As the last ploy of desperation, it was used against me during the 1992 presidential campaign. It always resurfaces when, in my crusade against corruption, I make enemies who are so filthy rich that they hire an expensive PR firm specializing in dirty tricks,” said Santiago.
The veteran senator informed the media that she would no longer answer any question from the media to respond to personal attacks.
The senator gave two reasons: First, taking the debate outside of the courtroom would distract the public discourse on the issues raised by the impeachment trial and second, it would raise her blood pressure that could make her suffer stroke.
“Last Friday, January 27, my neurologist read my blood pressure was 110/80 which is normal. But pressure points over the weekend caused a stratospheric rise to 180/100. On sunday, while on the air, I was made to listen to an attack by a publicity-seeking senatorial candidate and to malicious questions baiting me,” said Santiago.
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