Santiago may let go ICC post-A A +A
Friday, August 16, 2013
SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago is open to the idea of waiving her seat in the International Criminal Court (ICC) if her health will not improve by yearend.
Santiago said the Netherlands-based ICC is expecting her to assume the post next month but asked for a three-month extension to attend to her health woes including a check up in the United States this October.
She has yet to report to the Senate after being diagnosed with acute chronic fatigue, complicated by heart palpitations that produce shortness of breath. She has been taking "megadoses" of Vitamin D to fight tiredness.
"I'm a wreck. I'm really frightened that I might lose my temper in the Senate and get a stroke," Santiago said, dismissing prospect of returning to the chamber soon.
Santiago earlier asked the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to determine how long she can go on medical leave, with or without pay, as this will affect her career options.
But Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Monday his fellow Ilonggo lawmaker can go on indefinite leave since elected officials are under exempt service, thus, compensation does not depend upon actual and physical presence in the place of work.
He cited the Supreme Court ruling in 1982 in Macatangay vs. Commission on Audit, which excluded elective officials from civil service rules.
"Salary can continue, especially in the case of Senator Miriam, she continues to work, she files bills which are referred to the appropriate committees," said Drilon. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)