Manila, PHILIPPINES – The wife of the late Boston psychiatrist Steve Agular denied that her husband ever treated Liberal Party presidential bet Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
In a short statement, Dr. Rosario Agular said there is “absolutely no truth” to the claim that Aquino consulted her husband.
“Aquino was not even a patient of my husband. I condemn the use of my late husband's name in these attempts to smear the reputation of Aquino,” Agular said in her statement.
Critics of Senator Aquino, who has been leading in the public opinion polls, have continued pressing the psych issue even after 2 alleged psych reports on his mental condition turned out to be fakes.
The latest to join the fray is a group supposedly composed of psychiatrists, pharmacists and lawyers who held a press conference on the issue on Thursday, April 29.
Represented by Philippine Star Columnist Chit Pedrosa, the group, which called themselves the Citizens for their Right to Information, claimed that Agular served as Aquino’s neurologist and psychiatrist sometime between 1981 to 1983 while the Aquino family was still living in Boston.
Pedrosa said she learned about this from a former official of the Philippine Fund.
The dentist, not the psychiatrist
Asked to react about the latest issue being hurled against him, Aquino, who was campaigning in Mindoro Oriental when the news broke, dismissed Pedrosa’s claim as mere black propaganda.
He denied ever consulting a psychiatrist.
He admitted that he knew the late Dr. Agular, but only as a family friend. The Dr. Agular that he did consult was Steven Agular’s wife, who is a dentist.
Steven Agular recently passed away, according to Aquino.
Pedrosa’s statements did not surprise him, according to Aquino, because she has never written positively about his family.
Pedrosa has repeatedly criticized Aquino in her columns while openly praising administration standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro. She also favored President Arroyo’s decision to run for lower office and the administration’s efforts to push charter change.
During the term of former President Fidel Ramos, she and her husband led PIRMA, which sought to extend Ramos’ term through constitutional amendment.
Pedrosa also wrote about the alleged psychiatric report that former NAPOCOR President Guido Delgado released to the media earlier. The report has been exposed as a mere forgery. – abs-cbnNEWS.com