THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said it had terminated the services of two psychiatrists who assessed the mental state of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno before she was named chief magistrate, confirming this paper’s earlier report.
Jose Mejia, a regular member of the JBC, said the council did not renew the two doctors’ contracts for budgetary reasons.
Mejia denied that the non-renewal of their contracts had anything to do with the negative findings on Sereno.
“The contracts of the two psychiatrists were not renewed and it ended nung December  pa. It has nothing to do with the result nung pyschiatric exam ni CJ [chief justice],” he told The Manila Times.
“Mataas na ang rate nila. Kailangang kumuha ng full-time consultants. Part of cost cutting na rin ng JBC. [Their rates were getting high. It was time to consider hiring full-time consultants. The move was also part of cost-cutting],” Mejia said.
The two psychiatrists gave Sereno a score of 4 when she was tested after applying for the position of chief justice. The highest grade is 1.
However, despite the JBC’s cost-cutting measures, the council hired the services of two psychometricians. The council retained the two psychologists, who also tested Sereno and gave her an Intelligence Quotient of 109 Average.