No need for psycho test–Comelec
Posted by akosistella on April 15, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Candidates running in the May 10 national and local elections are not required to undergo psychological testing, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
“The psychological test is not required under the law. The same goes for drug tests,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.
“[But] if the candidates want to take psychological tests to debunk rumors, that’s entirely their problem,” he said.
The Comelec issued the statement following reports that some candidates for national office were challenging each other to undergo mental health exams.
The Constitution does not mandate that candidates for the highest office should undergo and submit proof of mental or psychological health to the Comelec.
Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Villar has challenged Liberal Party candidate Sen. Benigno Aquino III, who has been topping the candidate preference surveys, to undergo a psychological assessment to prove that he was mentally and psychologically fit to be president.
Aquino retorted that Villar, having issued the challenge, should take the test first.
The ABS-CBN network last week aired a news report claiming that Aquino had suffered from depression when he was 36 years old based on a document printed on a letterhead of the Ateneo de Manila University psychology department and signed by Fr. Tito Caluag, S.J.
Both the Ateneo and Calauag have declared the document as bogus. (Kristine L. Alave, Inquirer)