Drilon, Santiago turn down CJ nominations

MANILA, Philippines - Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Franklin Drilon have declined their respective nominations for the post of chief justice.

Santiago said she would rather serve in the International Criminal Court, while Drilon said he wants to finish his term in the Senate. Drilon was elected in 2010 and will stay in his post until 2016.

“It’s more fun in the Senate,” he told reporters in a press briefing.

A source from the Judicial and Bar Council said though both Drilon and Santiago have yet to formally notify the council. The JBC vets nominees for the judiciary to the President.

Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Francisco Villaruz Jr, meanwhile, has officially declined his nomination for the highest position in the judiciary.

This brings the number of those who have declined to 18. They include 4 SC justices and 14 court "outsiders."

Those who have declined are: