#MiriamFight trending topic

/ 06:05 AM July 03, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines–Netizens rallied behind Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The hashtag #MiriamFight became a trending topic nationwide after Santiago disclosed her cancer.


“I love #MiriamFight hopefully this translates to better health literacy. And better health service! Take care, @senmiriam,” Twitter user Jacques Jimeno (@jacjimeno) said on her account.

A netizen said he felt so affected by Santiago’s illness that he cried when he read the announcement on social media:


“Literally cried over @senmiriam’s announcement. ?????????? #MiriamFight,” @RamuelAsturiano also said.

A Twitter user who used the name Bad Engineer wondered why Santiago coursed her announcement via Twitter, posting, “A lady who announces her Lung Cancer over at Twitter and cracks a joke over it has to be a strong hearted lady. #MiriamFight”

2016 vote

Ardyn Gonzales was direct to the point: “Makakaboto na pala ako sa 2016. Sana gumaling na si Sen. Miriam para makatakbo siya :( #MiriamFight”

“Kung sino pa yung isa sa natitirang tama sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas siya pa yung nagka-sakit. Haaay. #MiriamFight,” said a Twitter user who used the name @dreadAyin.

Another Twitter user compared Santiago’s condition to a popular movie. “Malay mo, si “Mr. E” pala ang Augustus Waters ni Sen. Miriam ala Hazel Grace Lancaster lol! Who knows ^_^ #MiriamFight,” tweeted John Paul Penuliar referring to the movie “The Fault in Our Stars.”

“We could have used the pork money to research for a possible cure of cancer. Too bad our legislative body chose to do the evil,” Johnny said on Inquirer.net.


Medical marijuana

A “lobbyist” for medical marijuana used Santiago’s condition as a ‘springboard’ for his cause: “Ma’am Miriam, baka pwedeng support mo na ang Medical Cannabis Bill.

“I’ve seen kids with cancer sa PGH and it’s not a pleasant spectacle. I’m sure makaka-relate ka sa kanila, the psychological and physical pain their parents are going through right now,” the lobbyist said.–Reports from Ramon H. Royandoyan and Denison Rey Dalupang



Netizens express sympathy for cancer-stricken Santiago

TOPICS: Internet, Lung cancer, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, netizens, Philippines, Social Media, trending topic
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