Santiago on her presidential bid: Third time's the charm

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Sen. Santiago files certificate of candidacy for president.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — She riddled her answers to queries by the media with some jokes, but Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is serious about her presidential bid.

"You can ask me anything, but not my vital statistics," she quipped.

On Friday (October 16), Santiago filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the main office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Santiago began her speech talking about her team-up with Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. She said that it is uncommon for people belonging to different parties to run together.

Santiago belongs to the People's Reform Party, while Marcos is a member of the Nacionalista Party.

Related: Santiago: Bongbong Marcos will be my running mate

After she said this, questions regarding the martial rule under Bongbong's father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, started popping up.

But the senator said that she didn't think that the Marcoses, as a family, owe Filipinos an apology.

"They did not agree as a family and decided to okay let's do this... This was not a familial decision but that of the executive head, President Marcos, and his advisers," she said.

Santiago stated that the details of martial law should be studied so that future generations could learn from it.

But she added: "Why should we allow a dead man to control the living?"

The senator was also asked about her thoughts on her chances in her third bid for the presidency.

"Third time's the charm. The third time my husband asked me to marry him I said yes."

Santiago ran for the position in 1992, when she lost against Fidel Ramos, and again in1998.

Times have changed

The senator also stressed that times have changed, which according to her, she had been pointing out throughout the day.

"Life is not constant. At first, I was one of the people who didn't mind martial law," she said citing that peace and order was a reason she thought so. "But martial law did not end as intended."

Elections and the way candidates campaign in the country have also changed, according to the senator.

She said that what's different now is the presence of social media, saying:"The Internet will be powerful."