Late Sen. Miriam Santiago gets Senate nod for Quezon Service Cross award

Late Sen. Miriam Santiago gets Senate nod for Quezon Service Cross award


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in last year's Presidential debates , would always have and nothing but good word and utmost respect to one of his colleagues- the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

A few months back Malacañan floated the idea of giving the former senator the Quezon Service Cross.The Quezon Service Cross the highest recognition that can be given to a Filipino citizen for his/her outstanding civilian service.

And the Senate did not think twice in giving its concurrence to president Duterte’s nomination of the late senator. *


“Senator Miriam’s love for country drove her to greatness and to serve with fervor and utmost dedication to her fellow Filipinos until death,” (photo credit to Philstar)
The Senate voted unanimously in adopting and approval of the concurrent resolution No. 8 entitled “Resolution Concurring in the Posthumous Conferment of the Quezon Service Cross to Miriam Defensor Santiago” – came days after President Rodrigo Duterte nominated her for the award.

The resolution was signed by 16 senators, including Senator Grace Poe who was the one who endorsed it for approval on the floor.

“Senator Miriam’s love for country drove her to greatness and to serve with fervor and utmost dedication her fellow Filipinos until death,” Poe said when she sponsored the resolution on the floor. “Bestowing this award upon the former senator enables her to live on as our country’s north star, inspiring future generations to love the nation and serve it in the best way they can.”

“Only five individuals have been awarded the cross since its inception in 1946 and of the five, only two were given in the past decade. In typical Miriam fashion, she managed to exceed her fellow awardees as the first female recipient of the Quezon Service Cross,” said Sen. Grace Poe in her sponsorship speech.

The previous awardees of the Quezon Service Cross were statesman Carlos P. Romulo, Emilio Aguinaldo, Ramon Magsaysay, Benigno Aquino Jr. and Jesse Robredo. *

Magsaysay, Aquino and Robredo were conferred the Quezon Service Cross posthumously.

Poe said the late legislator’s “crusade against the culture of corruption, steadfastness on the rule of law and determination to hold public officials to a higher standard reverberate across generations.”

“Miriam Defensor-Santiago had dedicated her life to public service through her work in all the branches of government: judicial, executive and legislative. Throughout her 46-year career in the public service, Santiago embodied values that she herself demanded of leaders: academic, professional and moral character,” Poe said in the resolution she filed to bestow the Quezon Service Cross on Santiago.

Before her death on Sept. 29 last year, Santiago ran for president against Duterte , Poe and among others.

 

Report from Philstar





 

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