Santiago issues apology for skipping 2nd debate

Inquirer.net March 19,2016 - 08:39 AM

SEN. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has apologized for not being able to attend tomorrow’s presidential debate at the University of the Philippines in Lahug, Cebu City.

“I am very sorry to miss out on the debates, but it would be a disservice to the country if I forego the opportunity to get rid of my cancer completely and strengthen myself further to serve the Filipino people,” Santiago said in a statement.

On Thursday, Santiago said that she would skip the second presidential debate in Cebu City on Sunday to undergo a clinical trial for a new anticancer pill.

Her running mate, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday expressed hope that Santiago would join him in the campaign soon.

He said Santiago’s health should be her priority amid the rigorous campaign for the upcoming May elections.

“We had planned to be together during the campaign. That was always the original plan. But I suppose her health issues have overtaken her and she has just to attend to that. And I think that she would be able to overcome this new obstacle and she will be joining us in the campaign soon enough,” Marcos told reporters on the sidelines of his Unity Caravan in Cebu City yesterday.

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