International Development Law Organization

Tribute to Miriam Defensor Santiago

IDLO is saddened to learn of the passing of Miriam Defensor Santiago, former Senator of the Philippines and esteemed member of our International Advisory Council.

Ms. Santiago died on September 29 following a long battle with lung cancer; she was a major figure in Filipino politics and the first Filipino to be elected to the International Criminal Court.

Today, IDLO mourns the loss of a great advocate of rights and campaigner against corruption, she will be remembered for her work, as a legislator and Asia’s ‘Iron Lady’, on international humanitarian law and women’s rights, among other efforts.

We will be forever grateful for her commitment to justice.

The Philippines has been a Member Party of IDLO since 1989.

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Miriam Defensor Santiago