Sen. Miriam Santiago won’t resign from Senate until she assumes ICC post, asks COMELEC to print ballots with only 12 Senate vacancies for 2013 p

Christina Mendez of The Philippine Star reports that Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago reiterated on Wednesday, July 4, that she "would not resign from the Senate until she has assumed her post at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands."

Christina Mendez of The Philippine Star reports that Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago revealed on Wednesday, July 4, that she "would not resign from the Senate until she has assumed her post at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands." As such, according to the report, Santiago "urged the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to print ballots for only 12 vacancies for senator in the 2013 elections."

 

The Philippine Star article quoted Santiago, who said in a letter to the COMELEC: "I regret that I am unable to determine the date of my resignation, and that the ICC itself does not know either. Of course, I will not resign from the Senate, until the ICC calls me to duty."

 

The report noted that Santiago became the first Filipino and first Asian from a developing country to be elected to the ICC on December 12, 2011. The ICC handles cases of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Santiago can’t assume her ICC post just yet because the ICC charter stipulates that "any incumbent judge shall not be allowed to retire until he finishes any trial in which he participated." The judge Santiago is replacing still has some cases to tie up.

 

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