Miriam: I refuse to succumb to illness

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2012 02:31 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2012 02:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said she is “desperately” trying to get well since she already misses the impeachment trial.

She said her blood pressure over the weekend was normal at 120/80 but went up to 140/100 on Monday morning.

“At that rate, if I attend the impeachment hearings, I will soon be pushing daisies at a memorial park near you,” she said.

She said, however, she is trying to get better because “I don’t want to give my political enemies the pleasure of dancing on my grave, chortling like contented snakes.”

She said she misses the impeachment trial that is “punctuated by certain personalities who have all the charm of show window mannequins.”

Despite being a “walking wounded,” she said she will attend on Wednesday the annual convention of the Philippine Society of Hypertension, and the Philippine Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society.

“I shall speak, not as an authority on medicine, but as a victim of old age,” she said.