Miriam cracks jokes over rejecting CJ post

Posted at 06/28/2012 10:35 PM | Updated as of 06/28/2012 10:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has declined her nomination for the post of Supreme Court chief justice, and she did it in her own style -- with humor.

People couldn't contain their laughter when she delivered a speech Thursday.

"Boy to dad: Difference of confident and confidential? Dad: Confident ako you're my son. Iyung bestfriend mo, anak ko rin iyon. Confidential yun," Santiago said.

"Gusto mo ng trabaho? Meron sa PLDT, P10,000 a day. Ikaw yung dial tone. Sa post office, P10,000 per day. Didilaan mo lahat ng stamps," she said.

"Smart boy plus smart girl equals romance. Smart boy plus dumb girl equals affair. Dumb boy plus smart girl equals kasal. Dumb boy plus dumb girl equals sexually transmitted disease," the senator said.

She also gave a taste of the pick-up lines that have become her trademark in public speeches.

"Suicide, homicide, insecticide. Lahat na lang pamatay. Pero kung gusto mo ng pampabuhay, i-try mo ang 'by my side,'" Santiago said.

"Kapag namatay na ako, huwag na huwag kang pupunta sa libing, baka tumibok ulit ang puso ko," she said.

"Malabo na talaga ang mga mata ko. Pwede ba akong humingi sa iyo ng kahit konting pagtingin?" the senator said.

She also delivered a pick-up line for the group of bankers and businessmen who invited her to the gathering.

"Can you recommend a good bank? Kasi I'm planning to save all my love for you," she said.

The senator, however, became serious when she defended the government's decision to lend $1 billion to the International Monetary Fund.

She went back to using humor when she declined her nomination to become chief justice.

"I decline. Napaisip ako kung galit ba sa akin ang taong ito na nagnominate dahil gusto lang yata niyang manahimik ako sa isang sulok at magkandaduling sa pagbabasa ng mga dokumento," she said.

Santiago thanked those who nominated her.

Her colleague, Senator Frank Drilon, who was also nominated, likewise declined the post.
   
"It's more fun in the Senate," Drilon said. "I feel I will be of better service to the country."

Santiago and Drilon will end their terms in 2016.

But because Santiago will not be able to finish her term because she was appointed as a judge in the International Criminal Court.

Santiago, however, clarified that her Senate post cannot be declared vacant yet by the Commission on Elections because she can't assume her post at the ICC until the judge she is replacing wraps up all his cases. - report from Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News; ANC