MANILA (UPDATED) - The two psychiatrists who evaluated Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in her application for the position requested for an executive session during a House impeachment hearing Tuesday.
This, after House justice committee chair Rey Umali threatened to cite in contempt members of the Judicial and Bar Council if they insist on the confidentiality of Sereno's psychological tests.
"This is so important to us, na maintindihan namin kung ano ba ang pinag-uugatan ng mga nangyayaring ito that has now caused the Chief Justice to go on an indefinite leave. This is unprecedented in the history of the Supreme Court," said the lawmaker.
The two psychiatrists who attended the Tuesday hearing were Dr. Genuina Ranoy of St. Luke's Medical Center and Dr. Dulce Lizza Sahagun of The Medical City.
Umali insisted that Sereno's psychological test results are not covered by any confidentiality clause as she was evaluated when she was applying for the chief justice position.
"This is a situation where then-Associate Justice Sereno was an applicant. This is a part of the review of the Judicial and Bar Council. I don't see any application of this privilege," he explained.
"Sana po mag-cooperate kayo. Ayaw po nating humantong ito sa hindi magandang sitwasyon. Baka meron kayong gustong sabihin sa komite before we proceed," he said before the two made their requests.
Dr. Geraldine Tria, a psychologist, also requested to join the two doctors in the executive session. She said she made a follow-up on Sereno's psychological tests.
Based on the findings of the two psychiatrists, she said Sereno is mentally unfit to hold office.
Tria said Sereno possessed five out of nine symptoms of emotional and dramatic type of personality.
These are grandiosity, sense of unlimited power, sense of entitlement, exploitative to take advantage of others, and lack of empathy and sensitiveness to other members of the community.
Earlier, a member of the JBC refused to bare the psychological tests of Sereno as the council's rules say these records are "strictly confidential."
The camp of Sereno also insisted that the House panel has no business in the records as the psychological tests are not grounds for removal of office. - with report from April Rafales, ABS-CBN News