THE bill seeking to rename Agham Road and the BIR Road in Quezon City after the beloved late former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago Avenue was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday on third and final reading.
With an overwhelming 283 affirmative votes from nominal voting during Tuesday's plenary session at the House of Representatives, House Bill No. 7413, also known as "An Act renaming the Agham Road and the BIR Road, stretching from North Avenue, traversing through Quezon Avenue up to East Avenue, all located in Quezon City, as Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue" was approved on final reading.
There were neither negative votes nor abstentions recorded on the measure, which was principally authored by Isabela 1st district Rep. Tonypet Albano, Quezon City 1st district Rep. Arjo Atayde, Quezon City 4th district Rep. Marvin Rillo, and Surigao del Sur 1st district Rep. Romeo Momo Sr.
As provided by the bill, "The Agham Road and the BIR Road, stretching from North Avenue, traversing through Quezon Avenue up to East Avenue, all located in Quezon City, are hereby renamed as Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue."
"The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) shall issue the necessary rules, orders, and circulars to implement the provisions of this Act within 60 days from its effectivity," the measure stated.
The proposed statute shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.
Santiago died at the age of 71 on Sept. 29, 2016, from complications of lung cancer. She was known for her legal expertise, wit, and at times feisty demeanor.
Born on June 15, 1945, in Iloilo City, Santiago would hold various positions in government, most notably as a multi-term senator.
She made history on Dec. 12, 2012, when she took her seat as a judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC), becoming the very first Asian and Filipino in the ICC.
The authors of HB No.7413 noted that Santiago earned several titles such as the incorruptible lady, the dragon lady, and the iron lady of Asia, among others. But over and above these tags, she was "known for her unquestionable integrity and her crusade against corruption".
In 1983, at the age of 38, Santiago became the youngest presiding judge in the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Quezon City and gained a reputation for strict impartiality in applying the law.
Santiago also served as commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Santiago was a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service. (END)