Comelec chief flunks psycho test

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ANDRES Bautista, the newly-minted chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), flunked the psychiatric examinations conducted by the Supreme Court (SC) and the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) when he aspired to become the nation’s Chief Justice in 2012.

A source of The Manila Times in the judiciary has said Bautista, who was chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government when he applied for the post, got a similar grade result with then-Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who eventually clinched the position.

Bautista’s appointment to the Comelec was announced on Monday. He presided over his first en banc session with the commissioners on Tuesday.

When asked to comment on the findings of his psychiatric test and psychological report, Bautista said, “[It’s] a complete lie.”


An 11-page “Psychiatric and Psychological Report for the 10 July 2012 Preliminary Meeting” with the JBC that was prepared by two psychiatrists and two psychologists stated that aside from Sereno–who flunked with the mental test with a grade of “4”– Bautista also notched the same mark.

Under existing policies of the JBC, an applicant to any position in the judiciary who garners a grade of “4” shall not be recommended while a candidate who gets a grade of “5” shall be considered “mentally disturbed.”

The psychiatric report was verified and noted by a JBC lawyer for authentication. The document is with the JBC Secretariat for safekeeping.

The JBC screens and vets nominees for vacant judicial posts.

The initial number of nominees swelled to over 70 and was trimmed down to 22. For the first time, the JBC allowed live media coverage of final interviews.

Before the interviews were conducted from July 24 to 26, members of the JBC had been given copies of the psychiatric test results during their July 19 preliminary meeting, The Times source said.

Aside from Sereno and Bautista, three other aspirants got a low grade of “4” while one got a grade of “5.”

The “strictly confidential” report stated that all of the candidates shall be graded under its “Five Point Numerical Rating System.” One shall be considered as the highest or superior, three shall be the median and five being the lowest or a failing mark.

In the same psychiatric testing, SC Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, the current fourth most senior magistrate of the High Court was the only nominee who notched a grade of 1 in her test.

The second highest passer in the psycho testing was SC Justice Antonio Carpio, who got a grade of 2 in his psychiatric testing.

The other nominees who were shortlisted by the JBC who got a grade of 3 in their mental health test were SC Justices Arturo Brion, Roberto Abad, former Executive Secretary Ronaldo Zamora and Ateneo College of Law Dean Cesar Villanueva.

Among the prominent names who passed the psychiatric testing then were Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who notched a grade of 3 and SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco who got a grade of 2.

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17 Comments

  1. Huwag nyo galitin ang presidente, Comelec chief at ang SC chief mahirap kalaban ang batang mental LOL

  2. Si Chief Justice Sereno nga maraming criticism nuon pero naappoint pa rin at marami na siyang nagawang maayos sa Korte lalo na kung mapabalewala ang condonation decision nung unang panahon na Justices. Ngakngak lang ang mga kritiko pero appointed pa rin as Comelec Chief. Kung may batas tungkol sa mga di makapasa sa psycho exam mas lalong mabuti. Tandaan lang ang psycho exam result ay pabago bago dahil sa mga nangyayari sa paligid, familia at iba pang factors ng isang tao.

  3. It seems Pnoy’s recommendees have low pscyho abilities. Hope Pnoy is not in the same or lower level as these guys.

  4. Kawawang Pilipinas – Talaga namang sagana sa lunatiko saan ka man pumunta, kasi ang karamihang botante na kabilang sa bakya ‘crowd’ ay hindi nagbubusisi sa katayuan, kaalaman at kakayahan ng kanilang ibinuboto. Ang sa kanila ay basta ‘popular’, may pirang pakimkim….hayun na…iboboto na. Walang pakialam sa kalalabasan ng pamamahala o panunungkulan. Kailan pa kaya maitutuwid ang ganiyang kalakaran?

  5. Jose A. Oliveros on

    Well, based on newspaper reports, somebody who flunked two psychological tests given by a prominent psychologist who is now dead, got elected to the highest position in this country, a person who flunked just one such test is also eligible for appointment to a position mandated by the Constitution and by law to safeguard the sanctify of the ballot.

  6. Hmmm. So we got a bunch of lunatics running the government….

    Why am I not surprised? :)

  7. Abnoy-noyingski on

    Supreme Court Chief Justice, Comelec Chairman, President of the Republic of the Philippines; what do they have in common? Guess OR Think….

  8. REGARDLESS OF THE BAD RECORD OF THE NEW COMELEC CHIEF ANDRESS BAUTISTA OF FLUNKING THE PREREQUISITE PSYCHIATRIC EXAMINATION TEST… WHAT IS IMPORTANT… IS WHAT HE CAN DO TO GUARANTEE A LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR THE AQUINO. HIS NEW MISSION IS TO BREAK THE DISHONEST MANIPULATION RECORDS OF JIMENEZ AND SIXTO BRILLANTES DURING THE 2010 AND 2012 POLL.

  9. P.Akialamiro on

    It’s no wonder we have many ‘loonies’ as senior government officials because the psychatric examinations are of no ‘value’; might as well scrap the requirement. It’s a waste of time and money.

    Still wonder why the Philippine Government is in ‘degenerative stage’?

  10. Alejo Rosete on

    Papaano ang nag aapoint sa kanila ay PSYCHO FLUNKERS TOO
    Birds of the same feather flock together.

  11. Rogelio C. Lim on

    Kung hindi totoo na bumagsak ang Comelec chief sa psycho test tulad ng sabi niya, bakit hindi niya i-authorize na ilitaw ang psyccho test na ito. Sana huwag madagdagan ang mga “mentally disturbed’ na matataas na opisyal ng gobyerno katulad ni Noynoy at Sereno. Masyado na pagtitiis ng bayan sa mga ito lalo na kay Noynoy, madadagdagan pa ng isa.

    • Fernando Punzal on

      Well i guess with the facts i have read, i could surmise that they are ‘LUNATICS.’

  12. If this news-report is true, we have a President PNoy, Chief Justice Sereno and now Comelec Chair Bautista as head-cases and psychos. ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES.