Sen. Miriam Santiago gives up being an International Criminal Court judge

The feisty lady knows when to stand back.

It takes guts to say no. reports that "in a letter addressed to International Criminal Court (ICC) president Sang-Hyun Song, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said she is stepping down as ICC judge due to her Chronic Fatigue Syndrome."


Santiago pointed out that she has not been able to find any "alleviation or treatment for her illness since she was elected ICC judge in December 2011."


The report noted: "Had Santiago assumed her post, she would have been the first Filipino to sit in a tribunal that handles cases such as genocide and war crimes."


The ICC is based in The Hague, Netherlands.


(By the way, Santiago is turning 68 on June 15.)


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