The late Miriam Defensor Santiago was the first Filipino elected as judge of the International Criminal Court or ICC, based in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2011. She only let go of her post in 2014 due to her chronic fatigue syndrome. Santiago was a no-bullshit public servant. She would immediately turn down any politicking attempts once they reach her table. Anti-administration politicians can think of this if they ever bring the President’s alleged human rights complaints again to the Hague.
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Public Service Principles Molded
Santiago served in all three branches of the government. The presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court; immigration commissioner, agrarian reform secretary; and a senator for three terms. She filed the most number of bills in the Senate. Her decision-making principles were based on her solid experience in the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches.
Bongbong Marcos said that his campaign experience with Santiago “was always a learning experience.” Important issues were always related to the experience of an ordinary Filipino.” “The way she took the legal issues and explain it to a layman is just remarkable. She had a very clear way of thinking straight to the root of the problem. But always delivered with a personal conviction that brought tears to people’s eyes from laughing,” Marcos said. He refers to Santiago’s infamous one-liners that appealed effectively to the youth.
Bongbong Marcos to Santiago
“It was her decision” to press on for the presidency despite her health condition, her running mate, Bongbong Marcos, said when asked if he ever asked Santiago to slow down during the campaign. “It was not in her constitution to stand back and take it easy. She always moved forward addressing head-on the issues. Santiago tried to address the problems she saw the Philippines was facing,” Marcos added.
Take it for the Ride
The President shrugged off threats by opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano to bring him to the ICC to answer allegations of human rights violations. This is in connection with the government’s drug war. Du30 made the statement following the quashing by the Congress for the impeachment complaint against him filed by Alejano for lack of substance.