Miriam Defensor-Santiago
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MANILA — Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago will continue her campaign for a seat in the International Criminal Court (ICC) during her visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Santiago left for New York recently for the second leg of her campaign tour, after her tour to The Hague in the Netherlands.

Santiago will meet with the ambassadors based in New York to campaign for one of six seats available in the ICC.

There are 19 candidates vying for the six seats in the ICC, two of them are from the Asian region, including Santiago.

Santiago is also one of two female candidates, the other being Olga Venecia Herrera Carbuccia of the Dominican Republic.

Santiago, with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, has also been lobbying for the post in the Philippines.

The DFA hosted a luncheon for Santiago in Makati City last Sunday with 21 honorary consuls in attendance. All them are assigned to countries that have ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The Philippines recently ratified the Rome Statute, becoming the 117th state party to the treaty.

These countries are Belize, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Guinea, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Mali, Malta, Peru, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Uruguay and Zambia.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario gave clear instructions to the consuls to actively campaign for Santiago.(Philippine Star)