I knew I was going to cry the moment I heard the news. But for some reasons, it just won't fall. I knew I was going to be affected this day but for some reasons, it just wont sink in right away. I had to go to work.
I had to wait until my work ended. I wanted to start writing already about her,why her death affects me.
I remembered. A year ago, I signed a petition for OFWs, a petition that originated here in UAE, from a Filipino, addressed to her: To fight the intrusive inspection of the Bureau of Customs on OFWs Balikbayan Boxes.
I searched from my inbox and saw the emails. Our signed petition. And her response.
Yes. She did respond.
That's when my eyes became like a faucet of tears.
Because that issue was close to my heart. And signing up on that petition was the least I can do to help my countrymen with that issue.
And it was given attention by the very first Philippine government official ever that I have really really believed in, the very very first presidential candidate in the past who had successfully enticed me to get out and vote amidst all the hopelessness in the country, to have a hope in our government as if at last, there's someone there in the government who has the real brain, someone worth listening to, someone who is willing to stand up and say 'You all are stupid!' and can prove it.
This is just one among the many, many issues she stood for.
WE WILL SURELY SURELY MISS YOU,SENATOR MIRIAM. AT TIMES WHEN STUPIDITY SEEMS LIKE NORMAL ALREADY, WE WILL MISS YOU. AT TIMES WHEN INTELLIGENCE AND COMMON SENSE IN GOVERNMENT IS AT ITS SCARCITY, WE WILL MISS YOU. AT TIMES WHEN COWARDICE BECOMES A NORM, WE WILL SURELY SURELY MISS YOU.
Thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for making us laugh with your wittiness and your jokes,even as you carry the cancer you were still fighting for us.
Praying for your soul is the least we can do to show our gratefulness for what you have contributed to our country.
Rest in peace, Senator Miriam.