Lawmakers warned against delving into Sereno psych test results

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2018 10:14 AM

MANILA - The spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday said inviting psychologists who conducted examinations on the top magistrate may open a can of worms against other top officials.

Lawyer Carlo Cruz said they are not against letting the psychologists testify, but he believes the tests have no connection to the impeachment complaint against Sereno.

"If they open this up, this can lead to similar questions pertaining to the psychiatric competence of many other high-ranking officials in government. I would not want to pursue that because that would be immaterial," he told ANC's Early Edition.

Lorenzo Gadon, who filed an impeachment complaint against Sereno, earlier said he would ask the House committee on justice to summon the psychologists as witnesses in the ouster proceedings against the top magistrate.

The Sereno camp maintained, however, that the psych test has nothing to do with any of the 27 points raised in the impeachment complaint against her and that the chief justice herself was not able to obtain a copy of the said exam result.

Inviting the psychiatrist and the subsequent revelation of the tests results in the House hearing on determination of probable cause for Sereno's impeachment will depend on whether or not the justice committee will issue a subpoena, said Cebu Representative Gwen Garcia.

Garcia said previous testimonies, especially those of Sereno's colleagues at the Supreme Court, revealed " a kind of repetitive behavior that showed certain indications that these were not the expected actuations of a chief justice, more so by a normal person."

The committee will resume its hearings on Monday, with at least 3 more Supreme Court associate justices expected to testify against Sereno, who is accused of misdeclaring her wealth and abuse of authority.

Watch the hearing here.