On the passing away of Sen. Mirriam Defensor-Santiago

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) extends its sympathies to the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of Sen. Mirriam Defensor-Santiago who passed away this morning.

The Filipino people will remember Sen. Santiago for her crusade against corruption. She enjoyed broad support among the people and youth because of her rejection of the rotten politics that pervade the ruling system in the Philippines. She was among the prime legalist in the country.

Sen. Santiago will best be remembered for her opposition to the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) as well as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Although she approached the matter from her advocacy of constitutionalism, one can gleam a deep sense of patriotism and a profound loathing for the presence of foreign troops on Philippine soil.

Her passing away comes at a most unfortunate point in history when the Filipino people’s struggle against the presence of US military troops is at a juncture as the Duterte regime has made a stand to promote an independent foreign policy and oppose US war exercises in the country, a radical shift from seven dacades of servility to US interests.

She would have been a formidable friend in this fight.

On the passing away of Sen. Mirriam Defensor-Santiago