Santiago on indefinite leave from Senate-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago went on extended leave from her Senate duties and is planning not to seat in the International Criminal Court (ICC) next month due to chronic fatigue syndrome.
Santiago, however, promised to be physically present in the Senate for “extremely limited periods” if her health permits. The senator said she will preside over the public hearing of the Commission on Appointments regarding nominees to foreign service posts on September 4.
“I am scheduled to report to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands, next month. However, I intend to file a parallel request for permission to report by January 2014, considering that by definition, chronic fatigue takes at least six months and usually more, to recover,” Santiago said in a letter to Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday.
Enclosed in the letter is a medical certification issued by Dr. Joven Cuanang, medical director of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, where he stated that Santiago’s fatigue is present upon awakening and continues throughout the day.
“The fatigue worsens with physical exertion, such as when she delivers a speech or gives a press conference,” said Cuanang.
Santiago had a speech last Wednesday at the 30th annual convention of the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council in Pasig City. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)