Abad to Horn: Seek psychiatric help

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 01 2011 07:27 AM | Updated as of Dec 01 2011 06:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Budget Secretary Florencio Abad advised former President Gloria Macagapal Arroyo spokesperson Elena Bautista Horn on Wednesday to seek psychiatric help following her allegations that there is a threat on Arroyo's life.

“I have a suggestion to Len Horn. While she is at St. Luke’s, get a psychiatrist to check on herself because I think she is the one with serious problems. [She’s] confusing the situation right now,” Abad told ANC.

“They are sowing intrigue. I think we should completely ignore Len Horn,” he added.

Abad said the so-called operation "Put the Little Girl to Sleep" mentioned by Horn is a product of paranoia.

“It is more paranoia that is all over the Arroyo camp,” he said.

Abad was named by Horn as the one who allegedly insinuated threats at Arroyo during a cabinet meeting with President Benigno Aquino III. Horn said Ramon Tulfo also mentioned this in his November 21 column published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Meanwhile, Horn said she is willing to take a psychiatric evaluation if it meant that her naysayers would believe her statements.

“I don’t mind if that will give them comfort. I am sane. I am lucid. I don’t mind doing that, if that’s what they need to make sure that what I am saying is true and what I am saying is still part of my being sane,” she told ANC.

“[Secretary Abad] can even go with me when I go through the test,” she said.

Horn revealed on Wednesday that a source from a certain government agency talked to them a few days ago and told them about the threats on the life of Mrs. Arroyo, allegedly being cooked up by the Aquino administration.

Horn said they consider the source as highly reliable.

Meanwhile, District Senior Superintendent James Bucayu of the Southern Police District said there is no reason to increase police detail at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig, where Arroyo is confined, because they have not received any intelligence report involving the alleged death threat.

Bucayu said the matter will be discussed with Horn on Thursday. -- With reports from Zen Hernandez and Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News