Presidential aspirant Senator Miriam-Defensor Santiago posted a video message on her official social media account for her supporters and for undecided voters, giving them an assurance about her health and encouraging them to help her become the next President of the Philippines.
The video message featuring the Presidential aspirant was posted on the evening of April 22, 2016. The video was apparently made to give assurance to her supporters and the rest of the Filipino voting public about her continuous cancer treatment and her regaining health:
Message to supporters and volunteers
Sa aking mga taga-suporta at volunteers, para sa inyo ang mensaheng ito. Maraming salamat!#MIRIAM2016#Switch2Miriam#SiMiriamAngSagot
Posted by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Friday, April 22, 2016
“Sa lahat ng taga-suporta ko na nasa Facebook, nagpapasalamat ako ngayon pa lang sa lahat ng sakripisyo at malasakit na ipinapakita ninyo para sa akin. Hindi ko kayo nakilala isa-isa dahil busy rin tayo, pero gusto ko lang malaman ninyo, na gusto rin malaman ng taumbayan ay na bumalik na ang kalusugan ko dahil sa meron akong bagong gamot na wala pa ngang pangalan kundi code lang na nagpapalit ang personalidad ng may cancer at binabalik dati sa personalidad ng normal na tao. So I’m perfectly normal now, as you can tell just from my voice and from the way I speak, I think. And I’m very happy to notice your reports that many people are switching sides. So, we all know itong panahon na ito ay mag-desisyon ang mga undecided voters. Crucial, napaka-importante itong naiiwan na mga araw na pwede nating bilangin, kaya sana magpatuloy lang kayo sa inyong malasakit para sabay-sabay tayong pumunta ng Malacañang.”
(“For all my supporters on Facebook, I would like to thank you all for your sacrifice and concern that you showed for me. I do not know you personally because we are all so busy, but I would like to let you know, that I have regained my health because of new medicine that doesn’t even have a name yet, only a code, that changes the personality of someone who has cancer and returning the old normal personality of the person. So I’m perfectly normal now, as you can tell just from my voice and from the way I speak, I think. And I’m very happy to notice your reports that many people are switching sides. So, we all know that this is the time that undecided voters will decide. These few remaining days are crucial, very important. This is why I hope that you continue with your concern for us to all go to Malacañang together.”)
Defensor-Santiago was not able to attend the COMELEC’s second Presidential debate last March 20, 2016 in the University of the Philippines Cebu College as her camp said that she was trying out a new cancer treatment medication that will improve her condition.