Raissa Robles’ Tweet about Miriam Santiago Angers Netizens

MANILA, Philippines - On Thursday, September 29, netizens lambasted Raissa Robles, following the veteran investigative journalist’s controversial tweet about former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Raissa Robles’ Tweet about Miriam Santiago Angers Netizens

“If MDS had become President and her VP had won, Bongbong Marcos would now be President. Think about it,” Robles tweeted.

Shortly after tweeting, Robles’ post received negative comments from netizens who accused her of being disrespectful and insensitive. Robles was also alleged of using the death of the late public servant to push her political agendas.

Here are some of their reactions:

Santiago, who sought presidency for the third and last time in the 2016 National Elections, selected Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator, as her running mate. While Santiago finished at the tail end of the poll, Marcos came in second, 230,000 votes behind Vice President Leni Robredo.

Several Martial Law human rights victims have opposed the candidacy of Marcos after the latter refused to apologize for alleged abuses during his father’s regime.

“I have said this before and I will say it again: I will apologize for any wrongdoing that I may have done and any mistake that will have caused anyone any pain or hardship but I can only apologize for myself,” Marcos said.

Despite negative criticisms on her vice presidential choice, Santiago revealed they mutually chose each other.

“I think we mutually chose each other—our two camps. They happen to cross each other. Telephone lines happen to cross each other. It’s coincidental. One camp was calling the other,” Santiago said.

An internationally recognized lawmaker and legal luminary, Santiago succumbed to stage 4 lung cancer in the morning of September 29 at the age of 71. Popularly known as the “Iron Lady of Asia”, Santiago was named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997 by The Australian magazine.


--Mini, The Summit Express

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