MESSAGES of love and gratitude poured in social media following the passing of former senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday.
Netizens expressed their sadness over the death of the feisty and fearless senator who lost her battle to lung cancer.
Hashtags "RIPMiriam," "Sen. Miriam" and "RIP Miriam Defensor Santiago" trended on Twitter after news of the senator's death broke.
One user said it's a sad day for the Philippines as the country lost a brilliant leader.
RIP Miriam Defensor Santiago . You are one of the most brilliant senator this country has ever had.— Paul Espiritu (@AimlessPaul) September 29, 2016
The Iron Lady of Asia, a Statesman, the best Philippine President we never had, is gone. Rest in Peace Miriam.— Don Tomás (@DonTomasMapua) September 29, 2016
Sen. Miriam Santiago knew death is coming. She ran for presidency to inspire us and maybe, to have some fun. What a cool woman. #RIPMiriam— M a c o (@macoolet13) September 29, 2016
Saddened with the news of Sen. Miriam Santiago's death. One stateswoman my wife and I truly admire, and yes, voted last May #RIPMiriam— Richard Dy (@richava) September 29, 2016
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago is now gone but she will be always an icon/ a legend to us Filipinos. You're now in a good place. #RIPMiriam— YG Family (@ygent__officiaI) September 29, 2016
Ppl told me that I wasted my first ever presidential vote on you. I'll never regret voting for the best president we couldve had. #RIPMiriam— elgene russell (@elgenezalamea) September 29, 2016
Certainly one of the greatest Filipinas to ever live. Rest in power, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. #RIPMiriamSantiago— Thysz (@thysz) September 29, 2016
The best president we never had. #ripmiriam— kevin geniston (@MarkGeniston) September 29, 2016