Miriam Defensor Santiago on Indefinite Leave From Senate Because of Health Problems

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 30, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Philippines Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said that she is suffering from chronic fatigue and is going on indefinite leave from her senate duties. 

Santiago went on leave on Friday, August 30, and is also planning to not to sit in the International Criminal Court (ICC) next month.

Santiago said she’d be present in the senate for “extremely limited periods” if her health permits, reports the Sun-Star

Santiago is slated to appear in the ICC next month but she will file a request to appear by January 2014, she said in a letter to Senate President Franklin Drilon, “considering that by definition, chronic fatigue takes at least six months and usually more, to recover.”

Santiago’s doctor, Dr. Joven Cuanang, medical director of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, submitted medical certification that Santiago is suffering from chronic fatigue.

“The fatigue worsens with physical exertion, such as when she delivers a speech or gives a press conference,” said Cuanang.

Santiago has been one of the elected officials calling for reform and a further investigation into the alleged corruption at which businesswoman Janet Napoles is at the center of.  

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.