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Complete Name: Miriam Palma Defensor Santiago
Nickname: Miriam
Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Birthplace: ilo-ilo City, Philippines
Residence: Quezon City Philippines
Father's name: Benjamin Defensor (lawyer and district trial judge)
Mother’s Name: Dimpna Palma (college dean)
Elementary school: La Paz Elementary School (Graduated 1957)
High School: Iloilo Provincial National High School (Graduated 1961)
College Schools:
- BA Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman (Graduated 1965)
- Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines (Graduated 1969)
- Master of Arts in Religious Studies (without thesis), Maryhill School of Theology (Graduated 1996)
- Master of Laws, University of Michigan (Graduated 1975)
- Doctor of Juridical Science (without publication), University of Michigan (Graduated 1976)
- Graduate, California Judicial College, University of California at Berkeley (Graduated 1985)
- Doctor of Humane Letters, University of San Agustin (Graduated 1989)
- Doctor of Laws, Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro (Graduated 1989)
- Doctor of Laws, Centro Escolar University (Graduated 1989)
Occupation: Senator, Republic of the Philippines (since 1995), Senior Partner, Defensor Santiago Law Firm (since 1992), Chair and Founder, Movement for Responsible Public Service (since 1990), President and Founder, People’s Reform Party (since 1991)
Spouse : Narciso Yap Santiago Jr.
Children: Narciso Santiago III and Alexander Robert Santiago (died Nov. 20, 2003 – suicide)
Political Party: People’s Reform party

Awards and Honors:
1. Magsaysay Award for Government Service, 1988, Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Magsaysay Awards Foundation
2. TOYM Award for Law, 1985 (The Outstanding Young Men) Opened to Women 1984, Philippine Jaycees
3. TOWNS Award for Law, 1986 (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service), Philippine Lions
4. Most Outstanding Alumna in Law, University of the Philippines, 1988
5. Gold Vision Triangle Award for government service, 1988, YMCA Philippines
6. Republic Anniversary Award for law enforcement, 1988, Civic Assembly of Women of the Philippines
7. Golden Jubilee Achievement Award for public service, 1990, Girl Scouts of the Philippines
8. Celebrity Mother Award, 1991, Gintong Ina Awards Foundation
9. Spain - Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (November 30, 2007)

1. Miriam Santiago is the eldest of seven siblings.
2. Wrote at least 30 books (more on law and social sciences)
3. Her book entitled Stupid is Forever (jokes, one-liners, pick-up lines she used on her speeches) in 2014 was named the best-selling book of 2014 wherein it sold 110,000 copies in one month. A year after, a sequel Stupid is forevermore was published.
4. Santiago was named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997 by The Australian magazine.
5. Miriam Santiago became the first Filipina and the first Asian from a developing country to be elected a judge of the International Criminal Court in 2012.

Select laws authored
1. Reproductive Health Act of 2012
2. Sin Tax Law
3. Climate Change Act of 2009
4. Renewable Energy Act of 2008
5. Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law
6. Magna Carta of Women
7. Cybercrime Act of 2012
8. Archipelagic Baselines Act of 2009

Previous position and achievements:

Political or Government Experiences
- Special Assistant to the Secretary of Justice (1970 to 1980)
- Presiding Judge, Regional Trial Court, Branch 106, Quezon City (1983 to 1987)
- Commissioner, Commission of Immigration and Deportation (1988 to 1989)
- Member, Board of Directors, Public Estates Authority (1988 to 1989)
- Member, Board of Directors, Philippine Retirement Authority (1988 to 1989)
- Member, Board of Directors, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Authority (1988 to 1989)
- Member, Board of Directors, Land Bank of the Philippines (1988 to 1989)
- Secretary of Agrarian Reform (1989)
Other work experiences:
- Professor of Political Science, Trinity University of Asia (1971 to 1974)
- Opinion Columnist, Philippines Daily Express newspaper (1972 to 1975)
- Member, Board of Censors for Motion Pictures (1977 to 1979)
- Legal Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland (1979 to 1980)
- Legal Consultant, Philippine Embassy, Washington, DC (1982)
- Legal Consultant, University of the Philippines Law Center (1981 to 1983)
- Professorial Lecturer, College of Law, University of the Philippines (1976 to 1988)
- Opinion Columnist, Philippine Panorama Sunday magazine (1985 to 1988)
- Opinion Columnist, Today newspaper (1994)