The late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has been nominated by President Rodrigo Duterte for conferment of the highest civilian award in the Philippines, the Quezon Service Cross.
Senator Sonny Angara, the author of a Senate resolution seeking to bestow the Quezon Service Cross on Santiago, said on Tuesday that the Senate has received Duterte’s formal nomination.
“The late Senator Miriam deserves no less than the President’s official endorsement for the nation’s recognition of her exemplary contribution as a public servant,” Angara said.
According to Angara, the President has sent a letter to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III requesting that the Congress approve the conferment of the award on the late Senator.
According to Duterte, Santiago used her considerable talents for the service of the people and the nation while exhibiting remarkable passion, integrity and courage.
“She inspired generations of Filipinos to aspire for excellence and remain steadfast against any challenge and adversity,” Duterte said in a statement.
The Quezon Service Cross was created in 1946 to recognize a person for “exemplary service to the nation.”
Since its creation, the award has only been given to five people:
- Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo (November 2012),
- Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. (August 2004),
- President Ramon Magsaysay (July 1957),
- former President Emilio Aguinaldo (June 1956) and
- former UN General Assembly President Carlos Romulo (April 1951)