Press Release
September 27, 2010


Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has been receiving death threats by telephone through her Quezon City office.

Confined for hypothyroidism in her Quezon City house, Santiago has instructed that all calls for her should be routed to her Quezon City office.

In an interview with Radyo Bombo yesterday (27 September), Santiago said she received reports from office staff of unidentified voices making implied death threats.

The calls were received by Sandy Schala, the senator's executive assistant and by Matilde Fuentes, the administrative head.

Santiago said that the callers left messages to "take it easy on the operators and the PNP" or insisting that "she should present witnesses or shut up"; or demanding that "she should resign or else."

According to Santiago's executive assistant, the messages have been relayed to Santiago.

As immigration commissioner, for which she was named laureate of the Magsaysay Award for Government Service, Santiago created an urban legend when she reportedly commented: "I eat death threats for breakfast."

This time, Santiago's reaction was equally brief: "Please post all death threats on my Facebook wall."

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