Perhaps this will be the last time I will draw the senator. Perhaps. She has inspired me throughout the years with these works. I’m not even sure if this is all of it.


Who can forget her acerbic soundbytes?

Everything in politics is politically motivated, didn’t you know?

I thought you would have to be insane to go into politics.

There are five requirements for an accused to turn state witness. One of the requirements is that the accused does not appear to be the most guilty.

Entering politics is a fate worse than death.

I eat death threats for breakfast!

I do not have any strong desire to remain in government. When my task is done, I shall be happy to leave and enhance my love life with my husband.



She helps you laugh at yourself, particularly at your own stupidity, to let the lesson of life sink in:

A smart wife is one who makes sure she spends so much that her husband can’t afford another woman.

What is the meaning of life? This meaning is not for you to find, but for you to define.

Hindi lahat ng sweet ay loyal sa’yo. Tandaan, sweet nga ang candy, pero nakabalot naman sa plastic.



She may have been dubbed as the ‘Iron Lady of Asia’ against corruption in the government, but at heart, she is a family woman.

“That is the essence, I think, of family love, that you should be the comfort and the haven of a person who is battered by the world.

“When he or she comes home, there should be a presence there that enables him [or her] to still make sense out of an irrational world.”

[Interview with CNN Philippines]


I did this early this year during the #Duriam Fever – that is during the last presidential debate, one could actually see how much Duterte and Santiago, highly respected each other.


Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I did this pen and ink rendition as a part of manilaspeak’s tribute to the senator.


This is what it looked like when finished. I added the red lipstick digitally. Why? Because she’s the only senator who can really carry a bright red lipstick – and you can’t wipe that ¬†sneer off when she points out the stupidity of some politicians who spar words with her.

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