Low psycho test scores a non-issue


Poor psychiatric test scores garnered by newly appointed Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista when he applied for Chief Justice in 2012 will not be an issue when his current appointment gets to the Commission on Appointments (CA).

Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, chairman of the CA sub-committee on constitutional commissions, said the panel would give give more weight to Bautista’s performance, not his psychiatric test scores in considering the confirmation of his appointment.

Bautista, who was appointed chairman of the Comelec last May 4, reportedly flunked the psychiatric examinations conducted by government doctors from the Supreme Court (SC) and the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

He took the psychiatric tests when he applied for the Chief Justice position in May 2012 and got a poor grade of “4.”

“To me, that is not an issue. What is more important is his performance,” Guingona said.
He added that aside from being a respected law school dean and having a very sound academic background, Bautista has performed very well as chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, in a separate interview also defended Bautista saying the former PCGG chairman is well qualified for the post.

Pimentel, who heads the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation, said what is important is Bautista’s plan on how to run the poll body.
Meanwhile, a ranking member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), has said Malacanang made a good choice in selecting Bautista.

According to Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, a vocal critic of the Comelec,  he has high hopes that Bautista would be able to bring the needed reforms to ensure clean, honest and credible elections.

“I hope he will meet my expectations that the Comelec will be more transparent and will follow the Automated Election System law,”  Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP’s Committee on Public Affairs, said on Thursday.


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  1. Sen. Guingona betrays his ignorance about the value of psychiatric tests. He being a lawyer and not a psychiatrist. So let me educate him. Those tests will indicate the susceptibility of a person to commit certain blunders and trade offs in the decision making process. Right now, the weather seems to be fine for Bautista and he performs well; but put him in another situation where those ugly features of his character might be induced to come out and there he will be, making a lot of questionable even wrong decisions. Character traits good or bad come in sets. For instance, we have heard of remarks like: “kapatid ng magnanakaw ang sinungaling”. This is from the wisdom of our old folks, which is scientifically validated by advance studies on the human personality and character. What then is our guarantee that the character slate of Bautista on honesty and moral values is really clean. Who can tell if there are those unlighted corners of his psyche which will be prejudicial to the country?

    To illustrate, let’s ask how strong is his mental determination to resist those who will induce him to participate in the manipulation of the PCOS machines to cheat the electorate again? The indications of how he will react are in the psychiatric findings. Now, Sen. Guingona, et al, who have those malevolent intentions perhaps to repeat the hocus PCOS of 2010 and 2013, so they can win, will naturally welcome the coming along of one who might be an asset for them. I for one will not look forward to an honest performance by one who might be persuaded to be dishonest. This shows in the psychiatric test.

  2. jesus nazario on

    How about taking the same psychiatric tests also Senators TG and Koko ?

  3. P.Akialamiro on

    What is that Psychatric test is for? First, the CJ of the SC, now the head of the Comelec. Who is fooling who with all these tests without even considering the results. What a waste of time and money; scrap the tests!