Miriam Santiago says she’s 'perfectly normal now'

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(File photo) Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago was the guest speaker at Bulacan State University's commencement exercises on Monday (April 18).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Has Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago really beaten cancer? The presidential candidate confidently said she has gained back her health because of the new anti-cancer pill she is taking.

Ang gusto ko lang malaman niyo, na gusto ring malaman ng taumbayan, ay na bumalik na ang kalusugan ko dahil sa meron akong bagong gamot na wala pa ngang pangalan kundi code lang,” Santiago said in a video message addressed to her supporters on Facebook.

[Translation: “I want you and the entire public to know that my health is back in good shape because I am taking a new medicine that has no name yet.”]

“I’m perfectly normal now as you can tell just from my voice and the way I speak,” Santiago added.

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She also thanked those who continue to support her presidential bid for their "sacrifices."

The video has been shared over 48,000 times just 12 hours after posting on Friday night (April 22).

With less than a month before the May 9 polls, Santiago said this time is crucial as people switch sides and undecided voters finally choose their candidates.

Kaya sana magpatuloy lang kayo sa inyong malasakit para sabay-sabay tayong pumunta ng Malacañang,” Santiago called on her supporters.

[Translation: “So I wish you will continue to have concern so we will all together go to Malacañang.”]

Santiago went back to campaigning on April 13 after almost six weeks of taking a break from the campaign scene.

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In a sortie in Iloilo, she said she was feeling better after being diagnosed with advanced (stage four) lung cancer in 2014.