Miriam may stay in PH in three or four years more?
At The Hague, husband will not be with her
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is standing pat on her decision not to resign yet from the Senate, and called on her detractors to “stop molesting" her.
During the Kapihan sa Senado on Thursday, Santiago told reporters she understands the sentiments of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., who is supposedly pressuring her to resign.
She said Brillantes is her friend. “In fact, I consider him a decent person, but I feel that he is under pressure by certain political enemies, so he has to answer these planted questions of whether I should resign, and when.”
She said her enemies should just treat her as a nuisance.
“If that is the way they look at me, I propose that they should read the provisions on abatement of a nuisance under the Civil Code. Kung may puno ka, pwede mo patayin. Kung de-kuryente, pwede mo ihinto.”
Under Article 706 of the Civil Code, “Any person injured by a private nuisance may abate it by removing, or if necessary, by destroying the thing which constitutes the nuisance, without committing a breach of the peace or doing unnecessary injury. However, it is indispensable that the procedure for extrajudicial abatement of a public nuisance by a private person be followed.”
Santiago said: “So, I tell all my enemies who just want to get rid of me, after I was voted by millions of Filipinos to serve a six-year term, I tell my enemies, stop molesting me.”
Miriam knows her enemy
Santiago said all questions on her resignation only comes from the same source, who allegedly implemented a black propaganda against her starting in 1992 up to the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Santiago voted to acquit Corona.
“Itong tao, nagpapanggap na abogado pero the Supreme Court of San Francisco found him guilty of malpractice of law and ordered him to pay a fine of about US$135,000 to a Filipina whom he defrauded. He did not have enough money, so he declared himself bankrupt,” she alleged.
She said this is the same person who campaigned for her removal from the International Criminal Court.
“Hindi pa nga ako nakapag-report doon, gusto niya patanggal niya ako because of my alleged mental instability as evidenced by my outburst during the impeachment trial. Ngayon, siya na rin ang nag-umpisa ng black propaganda sa akin nung 1992, nung tumakbo akong presidente,” she said.
She did not name the person, saying only that his name can easily be found on the Internet.
Call of duty
She also told her enemies to make up their minds, whether she should go or be disqualified at the ICC.
“Should I report, or should I be disqualified? Kung anu-ano ang mga imbento ninyo sa akin. Magbasa muna kayo ng statute of the ICC. This is all the result of overwhelming ignorance of the law,” she said.
She said she can’t just report to the ICC at her own discretion.
“They have their own rules there and they have to obey it. So, that is the end of the story. I just remain as a Senator until the ICC calls me to duty,” she said.
Unlike in the Philippines, judges of the ICC will have to finish pending cases before their desks.
The judge is prohibited from leaving the court until he or she is finished with all pending trials under his or her jurisdiction.
She said the judge may even need three or four years more to finish his trials and appeals.
“I cannot report for duty there. I am not considered as employed by the ICC until after I have been called to duty. Kung kailan man yun, pati ang ICC, hindi nila alam,” she said.
To enemies: You’re the reason that I live
Santiago, nonetheless, has reasons to be sad in case she finally leaves the country.
“I will never see my political enemies again. That makes me sad. They are the only reason that I live, so I can cross swords with them. Hindi ko na sila makikita,” she said.
She said she does not see the same scenario with the judges in the ICC. “Eh, sino kakalabanin ko dahil mga judges doon ang tendency nila is to group together and consider themselves as endangered species because they have very esoteric knowledge of the law and not everybody is always happy with the initiation that they issue.”
Nonetheless, she said there is also no challenge in the Philippines anymore for her.
“Anong klaseng buhay ‘yan na nauukol lang sa paninira, sa pang insulto sa kapwa mo and we pride ourselves on being a Christian country. So, I am going to remove myself from this conflicted country,” she added.
Husband to stay in PH
In ICC, however, Santiago said she will live alone. Former Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Narciso Santiago, her husband, will not be joining her.
She remembered that when she was in Geneva with the United Nations, spouses of officials were not allowed to work.
“Here, I have not explored the idea because my husband is a Filipino through and through. We lived together in America because I was doing my doctorate there and he worked there but he never liked the other cultures that we live in.”