Miriam to ICJ?

For the second time in 4 years, the Philippine Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs nominated Sen. Miriam Santiago to the International Court of Justice. Santiago lost to the Somalian nominee the last time she vied for the post.

Why was Miriam nominated again?

Last July 28, 2011 an official Senate press release reported:

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, chair of the subcommittee on the International Criminal Court, was obviously ill with hypertension, when she arrived at the Senate.

She presided over the public hearing on whether the Senate should concur with the ratification by President Aquino of the Rome Statute which created the International Criminal Court.

Santiago arrived pale and audibly panting at the hearing room where she apologized to Sen. Loren Legarda, DFA Sec. Albert del Rosario, Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Gen. Eduardo Oban, AFP chief of staff, and others present.

Legarda called for Santiago’s aides to assist her and to give water to her, but Santiago said “this is beyond water.”

She visibly improved while the hearing was taking place, but she kept it short by summarizing the pros and cons of the treaty herself.

She told media she has been dizzy and suffering from hypertension for the past two months, but forced herself to comply with her Senate duties, because she does not want to go on sick leave again.

Before the last Senate recess, Santiago was on sick leave for some six months because of hypothyroidism.

Santiago, who is scheduled to defend the RH bill this Monday, 1 August, said that she would proceed to defend the Rome Statute the next Monday, 8 August.

She told media she has been under medication for hypertension, but cannot increase the dosage because it might incapacitate her from work.

For the past several years, Santiago has at various times cited chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, and hypothyroidism as reasons for her extended leaves from the Senate.

If she’s not healthy enough for the Senate, why nominate her for the ICJ? Does the government believe that the ICJ will somehow miraculously restore Miriam’s good health?

Miriam is not healthy enough to fulfill her duties as a member of the ICJ.

Besides, she’s nuts.


Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • The thing is, Miriam is actually likable. Aside from the usual comedic moments we get from her from time to time she almost always does actually provide and intellectual insight on every matter.

  • Bert

    If Miriam is nuts then that figures, she’s a tough nut to crack, :D.

    • manuelbuencamino

      One thing for sure, I wouldn’t want my nuts in her crack.

  • ICJ, isn’t that the place where old farts sit in dignified splendor in a lovely courtroom fully plugged in with microphones and interpreters and work ploddingly through a stultifying agenda of questions for former heads of state, military men, and other alleged liars, cheats and mass murderers? It could use a little of Senator Miriam’s cut-to-the-chase panache. Hell, it could use a fainting spell now and then to get those pompous old fossils energized.

    • manuelbuencamino

      In that case, Mommy D would make a better candidate.