Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago just won the election to become judge of the International Criminal Court.
Santiago said she could only leave her seat in the Senate once she would be called by the ICC to report to her new work.
The senator will be one of the six judges, who will assume office in March 2012. But Santiago said it might take a year before she assumes the post.
Santiago said on radio that she would be the first Filipino to sit there.
Her staff member, Tom Tolibas, said the senator got 79 votes in the first round of the ICC election, which automatically got her elected to the ICC.
Aside from Santiago, the committee on international criminal court posted on Twitter that Anthony Carmona of Trinidad and Tobago was elected to the ICC. In the radio interview, Santiago joked that she probably won a seat in the ICC because her enemies campaigned for her so that they could get rid of her.
Santiago topped the first round of the elections with more than two-thirds majority (79 votes), which was enough for her to win. Santiago will be the first Filipino to sit as judge of the 16-man Int’l Criminal Court based in The Hague, The Netherlands.