Sen. Santiago is disheartened by surveys

“Why is it that when universities are asked, from left to right, it is Miriam? But if commercial surveys are conducted, I’m not even there,” asked Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago during a tour of the University of the Philippines Mindanao earlier this week. Well, that is because she has so far made only 10 public appearances, mostly in universities. She has to speak to other sectors of Philippine society – the farmers in Central Luzon, the factory workers in the Calabarzon area, the fishermen in Southern Mindanao and many more. And she must speak in the language they understand – in folksy tone and using colloquial words, not in her usual castigating way and using her high-faluting vocabulary.


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