Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago elected as judge in International Criminal Court

GMA News Online reports that Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has been elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the independent body that prosecutes individuals for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Her term as ICC judge will be for nine years.

GMA News Online reports that Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has been elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the independent body that prosecutes individuals for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Her term as ICC judge will be for nine years.

 

The GMA News Online report noted: "In August, the Senate approved a resolution concurring with the ratification of the Rome Statute, which provides for the establishment of the ICC, which is based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Under the treaty, which has 117 signatories, the ICC can step in only when countries are unwilling or unable to dispense justice when it comes to the ’most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression." Santiago said there are 18 judges on the ICC, six of whom are scheduled to be replaced this year.

 

In October, when Santiago was still contemplating being an ICC judge, she had jokingly quipped, "I'll have to resign [as senator]. Isn't that good news for my enemies? I would have to live in The Hague. I will look like a European and speak like a European and I will be as snooty as a European when I come back."

 

However, according to the report, in an interview with radio dzBB on Tuesday, December 13,  Santiago said she may still stay for at least one more year before she is called to The Hague to assume her post. Her oath-taking won’t take place until March 2012. "Maaring isang taon pa ako rito (I might be here for one more year)," she said. Santiago also added that "once she leaves the Senate, her Senate post will remain vacant until the next polls."

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