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.