Miriam steps down as Int'l Criminal Court judge

Posted at 06/03/2014 1:41 PM

MANILA – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has decided to let go of her post at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In a letter addressed to ICC president Sang-Hyun Song, Santiago said she is stepping down due to her Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

She said she has secured neither alleviation nor treatment for her illness since she was elected ICC judge in December 2011.

''I will support the procedures of the Assembly of State Parties later this year, so that a replacement judge can be duly elected,'' Santiago told the ICC president.

Santiago earlier said that she may no longer assume her post as ICC judge due to her lingering illness. She had been ordered to report by the international court in September 2013 but she asked for an extension so she could still seek treatment.

Santiago was overwhelmingly elected as ICC judge in 2011.

Had Santiago assumed her post, it would have made her 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.