Highest recognition of the country proposed for Senator Miriam Santiago

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is very much qualified to receive the highest recognition of the country, the Quezon Service Cross, Senator Grace Poe said. She said the decoration is the most fitting tribute to Santiago for her “legacy of dedicated, outstanding and selfless” service to the Filipino people.

The Quezon Service Cross is a decoration conferred by the President of the Philippines with the concurrence of the Congress of the Philippines on Filipino citizens for “exemplary service to the nation in such a manner and such a degree as to add great prestige to the Republic of the Philippines, or as to contribute to the lasting benefit of its people.”

Poe filed Senate Resolution No. 508 urging President Rodrigo Duterte to nominate the highly esteemed constitutional and international law expert, author, professor and mother for conferment of the award, posthumously.

“Miriam Defensor Santiago has dedicated her life to public service through her work in all the branches of government: judicial, executive and legislative. Throughout her 46-year career in the public service, Santiago embodied values that she herself demanded of leaders: academic, professional and moral character,” Poe said in her resolution.

Poe said the late legislator’s “crusade against the culture of corruption, steadfastness on the rule of law and determination to hold public officials to a higher standard reverberate across generations.”

“Bestowing upon Santiago the Quezon Service Cross will ensure that her legacy of dedicated, outstanding and selfless public service will endure for Filipinos to emulate,” Poe noted.

Since its creation in 1946, only five Filipinos were conferred with the said decoration: Carlos P. Romulo awarded 1941, Emilio Aguinaldo awarded 1956, Ramon Magsaysay (1957-posthumous), Benigno S. Aquino Jr. (2004-posthumous), and Jesse M. Robredo (2012-posthumous).