There will be no more pain for Miriam Defensor Santiago, her daughter-in-law said Thursday, as family confirmed the former senator's passing.
"Mahal na mahal ka namin, Ma. Hindi na po kayo mahihirapan ngayon, [We love you very much, Ma. You will not suffer anymore]," Mechel Santiago said in a Facebook post.
"Kasama n'yo na po ang ating Panginoon," she added.
Mechel also offered a short tribute to Santiago through a collage showing Santiago as a doting grandmother to her adorable grandchildren.
"Maraming salamat sa inyong pagmamahal sa amin, sa inyong pamilya at sa ating bayan, [Thank you for your love for us, for the family, and for the country]" Mechel said.
The feisty and fearless Santiago announced on July 2, 2014 that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She was then teary-eyed speaking to reporters but still went on to tell jokes, even saying that she was "excited" she had the disease.
Despite her illness, she sought the presidency for the third time and got almost 2 million votes.
Santiago served in all three branches of the government. She was a former presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (judicial branch); immigration commissioner, agrarian reform secretary (executive branch); and a senator for three terms (legislative branch) or from 1995 to 2001 and 2004 to 2016.
She had filed the most number of bills in the Senate. Some of her pending bills are the Anti-Political Dynasty Bill, which seeks an end to political dynasty in the country, and the Anti-Signage of Public Works Bill, which aims to bar politicians from claiming credit for projects built with public funds by putting their names on signages.
Santiago was the first Filipino to be elected as judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2011. She, however, let go of her post in 2014 due to her chronic fatigue syndrome.