Miriam Santiago in ICU – husband

Senator Miriam Santiago's husband says the senator was 'rushed by ambulance' to the hospital on Monday, May 30, due to 'complication'

Camille Elemia

Published: 6:33 AM June 1, 2016

Updated: 11:13 AM June 1, 2016

ICU. Senator Miriam Santiago is now in the Intensive Care Unit of the Makati Medical Center since Tuesday, May 31. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is now in the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center since Tuesday night, May 31, due to "complication," according to her husband Narciso Santiago Jr.

In a statement sent to media on Wednesday, June 1, Mr Santiago said the senator was "rushed by ambulance" to the hospital on Monday.

It was not clear why the veteran senator was brought to the hospital. But the husband only said she is "sick and suffered complication." 

She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2014, but later said she had been cured. Recently she revealed she is suffering from anorexia (inability to eat), a side-effect of her medication.

In the statement, Mr Santiago advised the public "that visitors are not allowed" and that gifts, such as flowers and other blooms" will not be accepted. 

He, however, assured the public that his wife "is bearing well with her trademark sense of humor."

"Miriam said that she thanks all her family, friends, supporters, fans, and others who helped pray for her recovery and sent their well-wishes on Facebook," he said in the statement. 

Santiago ran for president in the 2016 elections but lost. She rarely had sorties due to her illness. She even skipped the second presidential debate to undergo clinical trial of an anti-cancer drug.

On Tuesday, May 24, the outgoing senator wrote Senate President Franklin Drilon, informing him that she “shall continue on medical leave for cancer.” – Rappler.com