MANILA, Philippines–“Thanks for the millions of stupid Filipinos who inspired this book.”
This was said in jest by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago during the launch of her new book “Stupid is Forever” at a bookstore in Quezon City Wednesday.
During the launch, she did not make a long speech saying that “I’m not yet being introduced as the president in 2016.”
The book, launched at National Bookstore at Trinoma on Wednesday, is a collection of the senator’s witticisms. Santiago stated that it took her two months to write.
The 132-page book features a collection of jokes, speeches, and pick-up lines delivered by the feisty senator.
Santiago said she came up with this collection of jokes because sometimes we are being too serious about the issues facing our country today.
On a serious note, she shared a tale from her childhood about having to walk two miles every time she wanted to borrow a book from a library in her hometown. Her library card, she said, was in her mother’s name because she was under age at the time.
Meanwhile, the senator was asked about some upcoming events including the visit of Pope Francis and the wedding of Senator Chiz Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista.
What would she tell the pope if she had a chance to meet him?
“Hi, sexy,” Miriam said with a laugh, while noting that she observed a trend of progressive thinking from Pope Francis, and she doesn’t think he will take offense.
She also shared that she will not be available to attend the Heart-Chiz wedding because of her poor health, but shared her marriage advice for the couple.
When asked if there will be a next book in line? She said:
“This one was ‘Stupid is Forever.’ Maybe the next one will be about morons. There’s a difference, you know.”