Miriam to drop ICC post if health does not improve

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SENATOR Miriam Santiago on Friday said that she is willing to give up her post as judge in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in case her current medical condition does not improve by the end of the year.

In an interview after attending the 15th Mid-Year Convention of the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM) at Shangri-La Hotel, Santiago said that she is expected to report to the ICC this coming September, but she was informed by her doctor that she needs to wait several more months in order for her condition to improve.

Her vitamin D deficiency is causing her muscle weakness condition and although she already taken mega doses of the vitamin, she still needs to wait for three to six months for the increased dosage to take effect.

“If I’m still not fit (by December) then I will simply waive, if I’m allowed, my election . . .” Santiago told reporters.


Santiago was elected a judge in the ICC during elections held in the United Nations in New York, in December 2011 and is expected to serve a 9-year term.

She is the first Filipino and first Asian from a developing country to be elected as judge in ICC.

Last year, she asked the president of the ICC to be the last of the six judges called to take her post at The Hague in order to give her time in performing her duties as an elected senator of the country.

Santiago said it would be too unfortunate to her political enemies if she decided to waive her position in the ICC because it will mean that she will stay in the country for good.

Jefferson Antiporda

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