VOTING 22-0-0, the Senate on Monday passed on 3rd and final reading House Bill (HB) 7413 renaming the Agham Road and the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) Road as Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago Avenue.
The Agham Road and BIR Road stretches from North Avenue and traverses through Quezon Avenue up to East Avenue in Quezon City.
Santiago died on September 29, 2016 after battling cancer for two years.
Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., in his manifestation, said the passage of HB 7413 reflected the “unanimous admiration of the chamber for the significant contributions of the feisty senator in the society.”
“She has truly left a legacy that, to this day, serves as our guiding light in our quest towards providing our countrymen with the kind of service she has espoused her whole life: public service punctuated by integrity and honor, standing courageously by the line of fire without fear nor bias, and always advocating for the welfare of the people above all else,” Revilla said.
Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada recalled that when he was a neophyte senator, Santiago was his “first mentor.”
“She was very, very accommodating when I first met her in her residence and I asked her what to do in the Senate,” the senator said.
“She was the one who taught me how to deal with the media, how to deal with fellow senators and she was the one who taught me how to deliver my speech. In fact, she was really, really unselfish in teaching or in mentoring the neophytes in the Senate and I am very, very grateful for that.”
SOURCE: Bernadette Tamayo The Manila Times