Miriam says blood pressure to settle down at Hague

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 12 2012 05:02 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2012 01:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said her blood pressure has been relatively normal unlike during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

During the Kapihan sa Senado on Thursday, Santiago said she is still prohibited from reading the newspapers or even listening to political news, which she described as “extremely difficult.”

She believes, however, that it [blood pressure] will “settle down when I go to The Hague.”

Santiago has been elected judge in the International Criminal Court (ICC), located in The Hague, Netherlands.

Santiago is being urged by some individuals to resign from the Senate so that the Comelec can prepare for the election of 13 senators in May 2013, instead of 12.

She said, however, that she just 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 have to finish pending cases.

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 3 or 4 years to finish his pending cases, including 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.

In the meantime, Santiago said she will focus on her priority bills, including the Reproductive Health Act, the Anti-EPAL Act, and the mandatory teaching of ethics from elementary to college.

She said she also has a pet bill, the act against the commercialization of human organs, which “nobody wants to touch with a 10-foot pole.”