Jon Santos Offers Sampling of Miriam Santiago Impersonation

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MANILA, Philippines - Professional mimic Jon Santos had members of the media laughing when he allowed them a demonstration of his impersonation of feisty senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago in a press conference recently.

The promotional performance was in support of his upcoming show Feb. 15 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

Santos, very much in character as Santiago, complete with the big hair and dressed in a red toga - akin to the attire worn by senators in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Renato C. Corona - waxed eloquent on various topics. He even dished out several pick-up lines as the senator herself is wont to do nowadays.

These included, "Naka-lulon ka ba ng Kwitis? Dahil 'pag ngumingiti ka may 'spark,'" and "Teleserye ka ba? Dahil gusto kitang subaybayan."

He also shared several jokes related to legal jargon.

"'Pag una pa lang kayo nagkita, court of first instance 'yon. 'Pag nagandahan na kayo sa isa't isa that is court of appeal. 'Pag todo todong kayo na that is already the supreme court. Pero 'pag sobra na kayong close, eh, ibang court na 'yon, Victoria's Court."

Still aping Santiago, Santos went on to comment on Grace Lee, the supposed new apple of PNoy's eye.

"She is very beautiful, very erudite but I don't think she is as intelligent as me. Where did she go? I went to an international university. I was born not only with a proverbial silver spoon in my mouth; I was born with a dictionary in my mouth! In fact, the dictionary was named after me - Miriam Dictionary."

Seemingly not to be outdone is the real Santiago, who's seen last Wednesday holding court as guest speaker at the annual convention of the Philippine Society of Hypertension. …