Miriam Santiago’s condition improves, set to move out of ICU

  • Miriam Santiago is feeling better
  • She is scheduled to be transferred from the ICU to a private room
  • The senator’s office said further updates will be announced soon

Senator Miriam Santiago’s condition is getting better, according to a statement posted on her Twitter account on Thursday, June 2.

The post read: “@senmiriam is feeling better now. She is scheduled to return from the ICU to a private room. She thanks you for your well wishes & concern.”

Staff from the feisty senator’s office said further updates will be announced soon.

On Wednesday, the senator’s husband, Narciso “Jun” Santiago, said his wife was rushed by an ambulance to the Makati Medical Center (MMC) on Monday, May 30, due to complications. The following night, the senator was transferred from her private room to the MMC’s Intensive Care Unit.

Mr. Santiago said visitors were not allowed and that gifts, including flowers and other blooms, will not be accepted. He, however, assured the public that the senator is “bearing well with her trademark sense of humor.”

The 70-year-old senator was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on 2014, but she later claimed that the cancer cells had regressed and she’s healthy enough to participate in the 2016 presidential race.

Hardly seen in the campaign trail due to her condition, the senator lost in the elections. She then wrote Senate President Franklin Drilon to inform him that she is extending her medical leave after suffering from anorexia as a side effect of one of her anti-cancer medications, which render her “physically and mentally weak.”

Meanwhile, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Senator Santiago’s vice presidential (VP) running mate, who lost the VP race to Leni Robredo, urges the public to pray for her immediate recovery.