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Miriam's pick-up lines for Valentine's Day

(Updated 5:47 p.m.) Boy Pick-Up, move over. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is out to take your place. During the joint annual convention of the Philippine Society of Hypertension and Philippine Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society where Santiago was guest speaker, the usually feisty lawmaker delivered some lines designed to win hearts in time for Valentine’s Day. Among her one-liners that sent the audience cheering were: "Pedicab ka ba? Pedicabang i-date sa Valentines Day?" “Gusto kitang kasuhan ng trespassing, kasi basta-basta ka na lang pumapasok sa puso ko.” “Ang love parang bayad sa dyip, minsan hindi nasusuklian.” "Empleyado ka ba? Empleyado rin ako. Pwede tayong magkaroon ng union." "Ang sabi nila, 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away.' Kung guwapo o maganda ang doctor, ayoko na ng apple." "Pwede bang magpa-blood test? Para malaman mo na type kita." Santiago also threw in a joke in the form of a dialogue: Girl: Saan tayo magde-date sa Valentines? Boy: Sa sementeryo. Girl: Bakit doon? Boy: Para mapatunayan kong patay na patay ako sa iyo.   And then there were also one-liners that seemed to be meant for unappealing suitors: "Bulaklak ka ba? Paa mo kasi maugat." "Malapit na ang Valentine's Day, pero bakit ikaw mukha pa ring Halloween?" Santiago, who has been absent in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona in the past few days due to hypertension, said she is still feeling the usual symptoms of her illness, including clinical fatigue, dizziness, headache, nausea, palpitations, and shortness of breath.   “Instead [of going to the impeachment trial], I spend my time these days at home, reading literature,” she said in an interview aired on GMA News TV’s “Balitanghali” Wednesday.   Santiago said she would still skip the day’s impeachment proceedings in the Senate for health reasons. “Now, I am out of breath and I am having palpitations. And, I am afraid that since I am suffering from hypertension, if I attend the sessions, I might lose my temper and develop a stroke and a heart attack,” she said.   The lawmaker added in jest: “I don’t really mind death. The question about death is whether there is sex after death.” - KBK, GMA News