Santiago: I don't have funds to run for president

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"MY MAIN problem is that I don't have the money. Period."

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Wednesday said that she is not interested in running for the highest office in the 2016 national polls simply because she lacks the funds to run her campaign.

"I don't have P1-2 billion which is the conservative estimate for the last election and there are excessive estimates of P15-20 billion for the 2016 elections. I was not a member of the pork barrel scam. I don't have this amount. I never sold my body so I don’t have this amount," Santiago told reporters.

"What I have is rapport and what I hope is that support of the netizens and that is what I'm going to try to prove, that social media will possible determine the results of the 2016 elections not only the presidential but also on all levels," she added.

Pressed by reporters if she will consider running with the support of the netizens, Santiago said: "I wonder if people are bored with me because I'm bored with myself; so I have to resolve that first."

The senator also said that when she finishes her term in 2016, she will start her work with the International Criminal Court.

Santiago earlier said that the next president should be female, noting that out of the total of 15 chief executives, only two are female. They are the late Corazon Aquino, mother of President Benigno Aquino III, and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who accused of plundering intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

"We should have a female president in 2016. Research shows that when women are empowered as political leaders, countries often experience higher standards of living with positive developments in education, infrastructure, and health care," she said.

Santiago said any of the female senators or members of the House of Representatives could vie for the presidential seat in 2016.

Santiago ran for president in 1992 but lost to Fidel Ramos, a former National Defense chief of then President Aquino. (Sunnex)

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