Top Quotes from Miriam Defensor-Santiago

The cancer that demands our urgent attention is corruption and poverty.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

The Dalai Lama has taught me that the best way to live life is to try and avoid desire. Desire is really the basic source of unhappiness.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

The Philippines will have to once and for all abandon its full-spectrum dependence on America as a guarantor of its national security.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I articulate the deepest need of the Filipino people, which is reform of a corrupt culture.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Obviously, the Philippines or any regional state can never match Chinese defense spending, but we will have to develop minimum deterrence capabilities that allow us to resist and inflict sufficient retaliation if China continues to undermine Philippine territorial integrity.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

My style is confrontational: when I see evil, I want to remove it right away.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Numerically, half of our high-ranking government officials should be women, and half should be men. And yet the division between the sexes is highly disproportionate in favour of men.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Research shows that when women are empowered as political leaders, countries often experience higher standards of living with positive developments in education, infrastructure, and health care.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Barring public demand, any person who pursues the presidency out of personal ambition must be suffering from a basic genetic defect.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Since we all know that death is inevitable, I don’t really see the difference between dying now and dying a decade later. So if I’m threatened with assassination, I welcome it!

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Everything in politics is politically motivated, didn’t you know?

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Although I may not be sweet, I am full of passion.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Energy is always a matter of psychology for every individual.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

There is simply too much corruption, too much money available for the taking.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I thought you would have to be insane to go into politics.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Entering politics is a fate worse than death.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Sisyphus, you know, had an easy life.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

It is illegal for the budget department to discriminate among senators.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I have no one at my side except God and His angels. I pray to God that He will turn my enemies into pillars of salt.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

We are legislators, not public works contractors. People look up to us to make serious laws that could change the lives of a great number of people or could change the way society is run or managed.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Planet Earth is estimated to have a lifetime of nine billion years. And we’re right smack in the middle of our lifetime. We’ve been in the universe for 4.5 billion years. So, that should mean something. We should sort of take a look at where we came from and where we are going.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I do not have any strong desire to remain in government. When my task is done, I shall be happy to leave and enhance my love life with my husband.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

In effect, the Internet is a global connection of interconnected computers. It has been described as truly a peer-to-peer system with many distributed nodes and no central point of control architecture.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Society leaders have urged me to seek the presidency.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Experience has shown us that attempts to control the Internet will invariably fail. We should be instructed by the failed efforts of China to regulate political content, the efforts of America to regulate Internet gambling, or the efforts of Australia to regulate certain speech. By its very nature, the Internet will always resist such controls.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Originally in the United States, there were no laws regulating behavioral advertising. As a result, like in the Philippines, government has relied on industry self-regulation.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

My father said, ‘Aren’t you going to do anything to help people? We have a whole rack of relatives who are always breaking the law. At least help your relatives.’ And so that’s what I did.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Sexy is the attraction that is given as an encomium to women or men, or the capacity to attract the attention of the opposite sex because of their physical attributes.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

The Philippines must ensure that it adopts, as much as possible, an equi-balancing strategy towards both China and America. To push back against Chinese adventurism by deepening Philippine dependence on another power runs counter to the very logic of protecting its national sovereignty.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I’m not in the habit of going to a psychologist. I psychologize myself.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

There is nothing wrong with centralizing the budget in Manila. We are such a small country.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I don’t think so-called high technology matters in death. I think they had high technology before Noah’s Ark. And it got lost because that was the first Ice Age.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I refuse for any person or organized group to dictate to me what God is. That is really the height of insufferable hubris. I believe in just immediately putting to death or just putting over the cliff people who assume they know about God.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

There are five requirements for an accused to turn state witness. One of the requirements is that the accused does not appear to be the most guilty.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

That’s the very essence of pork barrelism, when you give a huge lump sum to a person and say, ‘Well, tell us what you want it for, but you are free to decide where to spend it on.’

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

As a factual matter, as in countries all over the world, technology and business practices have been running faster than legal responses and developments.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I have licked cancer, and I’m actually thinking of several career options.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I want to be known as Terminator 2.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I am a bankable candidate.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I eat death threats for breakfast!

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I have passed all the physical hardships known to man.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

No one has ever seen God. So, for me, it is acceptable that if you don’t understand a thing, just call it God.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

What makes me angry is when people know what is right but have, over the years, attuned themselves to the fact that what they’re doing, stealing money from government, is acceptable.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago