The median life expectancy for Stage 4 Lung Cancer is only 8 months and the 5 year survival rate is less than 10%, but her doctors are optimistic about her chances of survival. If her cancer does not regress within 6 months, she will most probably move to the United States for treatment.
She said in her press conference:" I don't know what the reaction of my enemies are. Maybe they'll be happy because on one hand, I might die and they could get rid of me, but on the other hand, I might survive and get rid of them."
Santiago, an alumna of the University of the Philippines, has been a well known figure in Philippine politics for the past decades, finishing a close second behind Fidel Ramos in the 1992 presidential elections. She has proven very popular among the youth for her frank and brash manner of attacking opponents in government, and her sense of humor.
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