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Ailing Miriam to preside over CA hearing

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago notified yesterday Senate President Franklin M. Drilon that she is compelled to go on extended sick leave from her Senate duties in view of her “continuing illness as chronic fatigue syndrome.’’

Santiago also informed Drilon that she is also scheduled to report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, Netherlands as an ICC judge next month.

“However, I intend to file a parallel request for permission to report (to the ICC) by January, 2014, considering that by definition, chronic fatigue takes at least six months and usually more, to recover,’’ she added. Santiago advised Drilon that she intends to come to the Senate building this coming Wednesday to preside as chairperson of the foreign relations committee of the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA).

Santiago said that as much as possible “be physically present in the Senate for extremely limited periods if I am medically up to my duties.” In the 15th Congress, she said she is also suffering from a bone marrow disorder. (Mario B. Casayuran)