Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago is known for her outstanding educational achievements. She is a brave and strict senator. She used to make people laugh because of her very good sense of humor.
Miriam Defensor Santiago is the eldest among seven siblings of Judge Benjamin Defensor and Dean Dimpna Palma, a retired College Dean, who took Masteral in Childs Psychology. Miriam graduated valedictorian and so her brothers and sisters are all honor students. She thought they are brilliant people. She believes in genetics. As early as five years old, Miriam speaks like an Ancient Anglo American Literary. She also wanted to be a scientist. She is different from ordinary girls who loves to play "bahay-bahayan", dolls and etc. Miriam find it funny. She said she likes to play with chemicals!
Miriam grew up in Hechanova St. La Paz, Iloilo City. She graduated valedictorian in La Paz Elementary School. Her secondary in Iloilo Provincial National High School, where she is the Champion in the Spelling Bee Contest. As a freshman student she became the editor in chief of their school paper and graduated valedictorian. Miriam took Political Science in UP Visayas where she is the top passer in the entrance exam. She was the editor in chief of their College Paper, a campus beauty and graduated Magna Cumlaude.
Miriam loves to read. She owned a private library with over 1 million books. She loves Historical Nobles. She is also a writer, She write books about Law, Political Science and Philosophy. She became the first writer in the prominent newspaper, the Philippine Collegian.
Miriam married to Atty. Narciso Jun Santiago in 1971.
In 1983-1987 she become the Regional Trial Court Judge in Quezon City. She was appointed as the Commissioner in Bureau of Immigration and Defortation and a Ramon Magsaysay awardee for fighting Graft and Corruption. In 1989, she become the Secretary of the Development of Agrarian Reform. In 1992, she run for president, but, said to be cheated by Ferdinand Ramos. In 1995, she was recognized as the Most Outstanding Senator. In 1998, she run again for president but defeated by Joseph Estrada. In 2011, she was elected as the First Filipino in Asia to be a judge in International Criminal Court as a Legal Expert.