Gov't officials flock to Miriam Santiago's wake


Posted at Sep 30 2016 11:23 AM | Updated as of Sep 30 2016 11:24 AM

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos visits the wake of the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Quezon City on Thursday. Miriam Santiago, 71, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning after battling stage 4 lung cancer. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Government officials have paid their last respects to the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Among the first to visit Santiago's wake at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Quezon City was former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., who was her running mate in the 2016 presidential elections.

Also seen visiting the cathedral was former senator and now Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, who worked on the controversial Reproductive Health bill with Santiago when they were still in the Senate.

"She would always be concerned with how I am and people don't know that about her so when I saw her I was sad she was somebody who always expressed concern for how I was and how everything is," she told reporters.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, United Kingdom Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad, and former Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo also paid their respects to Santiago at the wake.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier said that he also wishes to visit the wake. He sent a funeral wreath ahead of time.

But it's not just prominent personalities who are allowed to see the popular lady senator for the last time. The public are also encourage to visit and pay their respects.

Santiago passed away on Thursday in her sleep while at the St Luke's Medical Center in Taguig. She was 71.

She will be buried beside her son Alexander, according to her brother General Benjamin Defensor.