MANILA - How can Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno sack 2 psychiatrists who allegedly gave her failing marks in a psychological test when she was not even aware of the supposed exam results?
Sereno's camp pointed this out Monday after Manila Times, which cited "well placed sources," reported that the Chief Justice allegedly refused to renew the contracts of 2 doctors who gave her the second to the lowest rating in a 5-point psych test in 2013.
The report, written by Jomar Canlas, said Sereno’s grade meant that while she projected a "happy mood," she also exhibited "depressive markers."
"Sa totoo lang, hindi alam iyan ni Chief Justice, iyung resulta ng psychological exam," Sereno's spokesperson Josalee Deinla told DZMM.
"Sapagkat nag-request po siya niyan previously ng kopya, pero hindi po siya pinagbigyan ng JBC (Judicial and Bar Council), alinsunod sa kanilang rules na ito ay strictly confidential so even the parties po ay hindi nabibigyan ng kopya."
(Honestly, the Chief Justice does not know the results of that psychological exam. She previously requested a copy from the JBC, but they declined, in line with their rules that this is strictly confidential and even involved parties cannot have a copy.)
Lawyer Larry Gadon, who filed an impeachment complaint against Sereno, has said he would ask the House committee on justice to summon the psychologists as witnesses in the ouster proceedings against the top magistrate.
Deinla however said their psych test has "nothing to do" with any of the 27 points raised in the impeachment complaint against Sereno.
"Kung mayroon pong purpose iyan, iyan po ay para lang i-embellish, magbigay ng sensational na palaman sa kanyang complaint," Deinla said.
"Na-expose na iyung complainant e, na wala siyang personal knowledge at walang authentic records para patunayan ang kanyang mga paratang kaya nagre-revert siya sa ganitong espektakulo."
(If it has any purpose, that would only be to embellish and sensationalize the complaint. The complainant has been exposed, he has no personal knowledge and no authentic records to prove his claim so he reverts to spectacles like this.)
Congressmen, she said, should grill Canlas on how he obtained the confidential report, in violation of JBC rules.
Gadon previously cited a separate report by Canlas about a supposed tiff between Sereno and Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro over a temporary restraining order, which is included in the impeachment complaint.
De Castro has denied releasing any information or document to Canlas.