MANILA - The International Criminal Court based in The Hague, Netherlands has already ordered Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago to report in September.
Santiago, however, said she intends to ask for permission to report by January next year because of her illness.
This was contained in a letter addressed to Senate President Franklin Drilon. The same letter sought an extension of the sick leave she filed at the Senate.
“This is to respectfully notify that I am compelled to go on extended sick leave from my Senate duties, in view of my continuing illness known as chronic fatigue syndrome, as supported by the enclosed medical certification issued by Dr. Joven Cuanang, Medical Director, St. Luke’s Medical Center,” she said in her letter dated August 29.
“I am scheduled to report to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands, next month. However, I intend to file a parallel request for permission to report by January 2014, considering that by definition, chronic fatigue takes at least six months and usually more, to recover,” Santiago further said.
She said, however, that she will be present in the Senate for “extremely limited periods if I am medically up to my duties.” She noted, for example, that she will preside over the public hearing of the Commission on Appointments Committee on Foreign Affairs on September 4.
Santiago was overwhelmingly elected as ICC judge in 2011, making her the first Filipino to sit in a tribunal that handles cases such as genocide and war crimes.
Santiago, who has long been waiting to be called to the ICC, will have to open her position at the Senate.