Palace denies Aquino’s psychological records

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Saturday, February 18, 2012


MALACAÑANG denied Saturday existence of any psychological or psychiatric records of President Benigno Aquino III.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in an interview over a state-run radio station, said the reported psychological records of the President, which first came out when he ran for the presidency in 2010 were disowned by the two prelates who supposedly signed the document.

"What psychological records are they talking about?...there are none," she said.

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Aquino reportedly underwent psychiatric evaluation when he suffered from depression and melancholia in 1979 after his father, the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, was jailed for various charges by former President Ferdinand Marcos.

The supposed separate documents allegedly came from the Department of Psychology of Ateneo de Manila University and signed by Fr. Carmelo Caluag and Fr. Jaime Bulatao.

Valte recalled that the two prelates denied signing any report.

Impeached Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona has challenged Aquino to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SLAN), bank deposits, and psychological records.

The call came after Aquino stepped up his attacks against Corona.

Valte said Corona's call for Aquino to reveal his psychiatric records was based on "gossips."

She likened the chief magistrate's attack against Aquino to a boxing where punches were already "low blow."

Valte also said that there was no underdeclaration on the President's SALN, which he made public since he entered the government service.

"There were those who were asking 'where is the SALN' when in fact for the past decade, it's been there," she said. (SDR)

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