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Miriam taken to hospital

Outgoing Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who ran and lost for president in last month’s election, was taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the Makati Medical Center in Makati City early this week, her office said yesterday.

In a statement, Miriam’s camp said the senator, who is sick and suffered complications, was rushed by ambulance to the MMC last Monday.

On the night of Tuesday, she was transferred from her private room in the MMC to the ICU.

Quoting her husband, Narciso “Jun” Santiago, they said visitors are not allowed and that gifts will not be accepted, such as flowers and other blooms.

But the senator, according to her husband, “is bearing well with her trademark sense of humor.”

Her office said the senator is thankful to all her family, friends, supporters, fans, and others who helped pray for her recovery and sent their well-wishes on Facebook.

The term of Miriam, who is undergoing treatment for lung cancer, as a senator ends on June 30.

She was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in June 2014 after months of suffering chronic fatigue syndrome.

In a letter sent to Senate President Franklin Drilon last week, she told the Senate leadership she would be extending her medical leave after developing anorexia due to an anti-cancer pill she is taking.

She said the side effect of the medication has rendered her “physically weak.” (Hannah L. Torregoza)