Enrile urges Miriam to decide between Senate, ICC

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 09 2012 04:50 PM | Updated as of Jul 10 2012 04:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile on Monday urged Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago to make up her mind if she will continue with her 6-year term as a senator until 2016 or take the post as a judge at the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court (ICC).

Enrile said nobody can force Santiago to leave the Senate, but the Commission on Elections needs time to prepare for next year's elections if there's a need to replace her.

The law provides 12 slots for senators during the mid-term elections.

If Santiago leaves, the Comelec will be required to provide another slot to make way for a 13th senator who will serve the remaining 3 years of Santiago's unfinished term.

"Since she sought the ICC and ably succeeded in getting a spot, maybe she should consider to put the national interest over her interest as a senator," Enrile said.

He said Santiago should realize that the country needs a full lineup of senators when she leaves the country to serve in the ICC.