March 22, 2018, 8:09 am
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Sereno, JBC told: Comment on psycho exam

THE Supreme Court en banc yesterday directed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the Judicial and Bar Council to respond to the request of lawyer Larry Gadon for the release of her psychological evaluation results when she applied for the top SC post in 2012.

A source said Sereno and the JBC were given five days to reply.

Gadon said he had no recourse but to go to the high court after his request for access to records was denied by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on the grounds of confidentiality.

In his earlier plea, Gadon said he believes the release of the psychological exams should not be covered by the confidentiality rule since its very purpose is to determine the fitness of the applicant to the position.

He further explained that though the general rule is that the consultation between a doctor and a patient is a private and confidential matter, Sereno’s documents are of public interest and should not be covered by the confidentiality rule.

A newspaper reported in 2012 that Sereno was among the candidates for chief justice who got the lowest psychological evaluation ratings.

It cited the psychiatric and psychological report submitted to the JBC, where Sereno got a grade of “four,” with 1 as the highest and five as the lowest or a failing mark.

Gadon has filed an impeachment complaint against Sereno   alleging that she committed betrayal of public trust over alleged undisclosed assets in her statement of asset, liabilities and net worth, and extravagant spending of judicial funds by purchasing a P5-million Toyota Land Cruiser as well as culpable violation of the Constitution.

The House committee on justice has already found his complaint sufficient in form and substance.
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