Stronger Miriam campaigns with Bongbong in Baguio

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

BAGUIO - A stronger and healthier Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Saturday appeared before thousands of supporters at the gymnasium of St. Louis University in Baguio City.

This is her second straight public appearance since she resumed her campaign in Iloilo on Wednesday, after a month of absence due to a clinical trial for a new medicine for cancer. Just like in Iloilo, Santiago was with her running mate, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in the City of Pines.

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To show her improving health condition, Santiago walked up and down the stairs unaided while waving and shaking the hands of her supporters.

This is a far cry from her health situation during her previous campaign sorties before she underwent the clinical trial.

"I'm taking the magic pill that is now for global trial around the world," Santiago said when a reporter commented that she seemed so fit and healthy once again.

During her speech, many observed that the soft voice that she had previously manifested was already gone, and the old strong and emphatic statements she was known for were back.

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This energized the jam-packed crowd, composed mostly of youth voters, who waited for her for hours but without complaints. Some faculty members and residents of Baguio also attended the event to show their support for the Santiago-Marcos tandem.

It was her running mate, Marcos, who introduced the lady senator.

"Kung ang kabataan ang pagasa ng bayan, si Miriam ang pagasa ng ating kabataan!" Marcos said. "Sa liderato ng Miriam at Bongbong, sama-sama tayo sa kilusan ng pagkakaisa."

'NOT JUST COSMETIC CHANGE'

Santiago stressed that voters should closely look into the promises of each presidential aspirant.

"Me and Senator Bongbong Marcos are running for real change, not just cosmetic change," she said. "Palitan natin ang gobyerno, yung mga tao na yan are hypnotized by power and influence, they have forgotten the traditional values."

Santiago also spoke about Baguio's overpopulation and traffic problems. She said if elected president, she will help Baguio improve its current situation.

She also emphasized that the next leaders of the country should have an inspiring vision, must challenge the process, and must have the heart to serve.

"When you go home, tell your parents, family and friends about the real situation of our country, pagaralan ninyo mabuti ang inyong kandidato, siya ba ay gumraduate with honors, siya ba ay Magsaysay awardee for leadership?"