Psych exam may disqualify some CJ bets – Tupas

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2012 03:35 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2012 04:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Results of psychological exams will also affect the chances of aspirants to the position of Chief Justice, a member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said Tuesday.

House Justice Committee Chair Niel Tupas Jr. said a negative result of the psychological exam may disqualify a nominee despite her successful background or record in the legal profession. 

Tupas did not say which of the nominees had a low score in the psychological tests.

“We are prohibited to disclose psychological exams, but some of the candidates may not be considered because of that,” he said.

The lawmaker said the exams are meant to test the mental stability of the nominees who will be serving as the highest official of the Judiciary.

"Nangyayari naman yan kahit saang process, kahit hindi sa Chief Justice,” he said.

Alternate Congress rep

Meanwhile, Tupas said he and Sen. Francis Escudero have agreed that he will be the one to attend the panel interviews after the Supreme Court ruled that only 1 representative from Congress can join the JBC.

He said he will stay in the JBC hearings until the Court resolves their pending motion to allow a congressman and a senator to represent the legislative branch in the panel of JBC members.

Tupas said he will talk to Escudero about the schedule since he would be unavailable during some of the JBC interviews for the next Chief Justice. 

“Hindi rin ako makaka-attend all the time kaya sabihin ko kay senator baka mag-alternate na lang muna kami sa interview," he said.

If the Supreme Court junks their motion for reconsideration, Tupas said Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Sonny Belmonte will have to agree on who will represent Congress in the JBC.