Few days before the late "Iron Lady of Asia," Miriam Defensor Santiago succumb to death due to lung cancer, President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly visited her a St. Luke's Medical Center for the last time. According to Santiago's aide, inside the chamber, President Duterte and Santiago had a talk that lasted for almost an hour before the latter bid farewell.

The aid and personal nurse of Santiago for more than a decade said the two discussed on how much the President should handle political opponents, critics and foreign media.

Santiago advised the President to be careful with some people around him who came and shifted party after he took the presidency. According to the aide, Santiago named some people, some congressmen and senators and could pull down Duterte if he will not be careful. However, the aid refused to disclose the names.

"The only thing Ma'am Miriam said that was very clear to my ear until now is when she told the President not to trust Vice President Leni Robredo because she is his successor in case something happens to him, and she is being manipulated by Aquino and Roxas," the source said. Santiago also advised Duterte to be always vigilant in dealing with Robredo and other LP top members who are still in position.

"You should give Bongbong a cabinet position close to you because he knows everything and he can help you. He can always be by your side no matter what happens." According to the source, Duterte responded by nodding his head and said,

"Yes, I am just waiting for May next year because we know that Bongbong is still ineligible to have any cabinet position now."

Duterte said his ties with the Marcoses will not be broken. /Lala Gomez/


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