Faith-shaming? Sereno blasts release of her psychological test results


Posted at Mar 09 2018 07:00 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks at the "Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan" forum at the St. Scholastica's College in Manila, March 7, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday blasted the release of her psychological test results, questioning whether it was an attempt at "faith-shaming."

Speaking to the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Sereno, a devout Christian outspoken about her faith, said she does not understand why her psychological test results were publicized.

"I don't understand the basis or their intention to do that. I think they have already gone to the extent of faith-shaming one of my key lawyers," she said.

This after impeachment complainant Lorenzo Gadon mocked lawyer Jocelyn Fabian during one of the impeachment hearings at the House of Representatives, saying Sereno hired the latter because of the "Christian-Christian" effect.

"Are they trying to say that I am unfit because I believe in God so deeply?... If they are bent on faith-shaming then they are doing a disservice to the Filipino people because the Constitution itself talks about belief in God," she added.

Findings of two psychiatrists who evaluated Sereno when she applied for the top magistrate post allegedly revealed that she is mentally unfit to hold office.

Sereno reportedly possessed 5 out of 9 symptoms of the 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."

Sereno is facing an impeachment complaint for allegedly misdeclaring her wealth and committing supposed administrative lapses, among others. 

The House Committee on Justice ruled Thursday that there are enough grounds to impeach her.

Sereno is also facing a separate petition at the Supreme Court seeking to void her 2012 appointment. The High Court has directed her camp to reply.