Agham, BIR roads in QC renamed Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue

MANILA, Philippines – Agham Road and BIR Road in Quezon City have been renamed in honor of feisty former senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Agham, BIR roads in QC renamed Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue
Former Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago. Photo courtesy: Verstehen Online

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. allowed Republic Act (RA) No. 11963 to lapse into law on Thursday, October 12, renaming the Agham Road and the BIR Road as Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue.

RA 11963 , which is titled, an “Act Renaming the Agham Road and the BIR Road, Stretching from North Avenue, Traversing Through Quezon Avenue, Up to East Avenue, All Located in Quezon City, As Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue,” became law without the President’s signature in accordance with the Article VI, Section 27 of the Constitution.

“The Department of Public Works and Highways shall issue the necessary rules, orders and circulars to implement the provisions of this Act within 60 days from its effectivity,” the law read.

R.A. 11963 was passed by the House of Representative and the Senate on March 21, 2023, and August 14, 2023, respectively.

The new law takes effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

The 'Iron Lady of Asia' was known for being a long-serving Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, an elected judge of the International Criminal Court, and the sole female recipient of the Philippines' highest national honor, the Quezon Service Cross.

Santiago ran for the country's highest post for three times, including the 20216 elections with Marcos Jr. as her running mate.

She died on September 29, 2018 at the age of 71 because of cancer.

— The Summit Express

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