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DESPITE LOSS IN ELECTION, SANTIAGO WON'T GIVE UP

DESPITE LOSS IN ELECTION, SANTIAGO WON'T GIVE UP

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A political novice who gave apparent presidential victor Fidel Ramos a run for his money said Monday she has not given up the fight for the presidency.

Mirian Defensor Santiago, who finished second after campaigning on an anti-corruption platform, said she would sound out student followers before deciding whether to urge them into the streets to protest alleged vote fraud.She acknowledged that the students' response might not be enough to muster large public protests against alleged cheating. Fraud charges raised during the 1986 election between the late President Ferdinand Marcos and President Corazon Aquino helped create the popular uprising that drove Marcos into exile.

``The major issue now is: Will the greater majority of the Filipino electorate who are 30 years old and below, ... take this sitting down?' Santiago said.

Congress is still certifying the results. Unless the legislators challenge results, Ramos will take office June 30, succeeding Aquino, who supported the former defense minister in the campaign.

- From Wire Reports

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