Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago urges public to elect a female president in 2016 polls

If she’s running, then it should get pretty interesting.

Ira Pedrasa of reports that Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has urged Filipino voters to choose a female presidential contender in 2016 if they want to achieve higher standards of living.

According to the report, Santiago said in a speech in Laguna on Tuesday (March 11) that having a female president of the Philippines in 2016 "will help ensure the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for gender equality will be reached."

Santiago ran as president in 1992 but she was defeated by Fidel V. Ramos, who was the preferred candidate of former President Corazon Aquino.

Aside from asking voters to vote for a female President, the senator also encouraged the public to elect six female senatorial candidates in the next elections so there would be gender equality in the Senate. A total of 12 senators will be elected in the 2016 polls.

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