Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. FILE PHOTO/SENATE POOL

MANILA — Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago lashed back last week at her “political enemies,” whom she called mongoloids, and said she felt that Elections Commission Chairman Sixto Brillantes was being pressured into asking her if she would quit her post.

The people calling for her resignation following her appointment to the International Criminal Court (ICC) were the same people responsible for the black propaganda against her, she told reporters.

She said they had been campaigning to have her disqualified from ICC as a result of her alleged mental instability.

“I have not yet assumed my post as a judge in the ICC, and yet they already want that I be removed,” Santiago said.

She said that the same people had been behind the smear campaign against her when she ran for president in 1992 and that one of them had been misrepresenting himself as a lawyer.

“This person accepts bribes and is disguised as a lawyer,” Santiago said.

“The Supreme Court in San Francisco, California, found him guilty of malpractice of law and ordered him to pay a fine of $135,000 to a Filipina whom he defrauded. He did not have enough money so he declared himself bankrupt. Anyone can hire him. You can hire him.”

Santiago declined to name the man who, she said, was being paid to demolish a person’s character, but that his identity could be known through the Internet. “So make up your mind if you want me to be disqualified or to report to the ICC,” Santiago said.

“They treat me as a nuisance, so I propose they read the provisions on abatement of nuisance under the Civil Code… I tell all my enemies who just want to get rid of me after I was voted by millions of Filipinos to serve a six-year term— I tell my enemies to stop molesting me, you mongoloids!”

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Santiago said there was no legal basis for a 13th slot in the ballot.

“Look at the Election Code. Read from cover to cover if there is a provision for a 13th senator in the election,” Santiago said.

“They want to kick me out. They want to take me out so that I can make way for the losers. If they want, I can engage them in boxing. I have not done them anything wrong.”

Santiago described Brillantes as a friend and a decent person, but she said he was being pressured “so he has to enter the plan of questioning about whether I should resign and when.”

Santiago said she could not report to the ICC at will. She could report only when called. “So I will follow the rules. That’s the end of it—I will remain a senator until the ICC calls me to duty.” (Manila Standard)