Miriam won't run for president in 2016

Posted at 11/23/2012 4:11 PM | Updated as of 11/23/2012 6:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has no plans of running for president in the 2016 election.

Santiago was responding to a question raised by a student leader during an open forum after her lecture on the elections and the Constitution.

The senator said that after winning the elections for new judges of the International Criminal Court, she is bound to report for work at The Netherlands when the ICC calls her to assume office.

ICC judges have a term of nine years, while Santiago’s senatorial term of office will end in 2016. 

Although Santiago declined the proposal to seek the presidency in 2016, some student leaders said that they have already started a Miriam for President movement on the internet.  

The students said that they are proposing a Santiago-Marcos team for 2016.  

The senator said that she wants to work in the field of international law, her specialty when she graduated doctor of juridical science from the University of Michigan.