Saturday, February 18, 2012

Palace rejects Corona's challenge to disclose PNoy's 'psychological records'

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MalacaƱang on Saturday rejected the challenge of Chief Justice Renato Corona to President Benigno Aquino III to disclose his psychological records along with his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

A GMA News report stated deputy presidential spokesperson Abigal Valte insisting that there were no records of Aquino's alleged mental health.

It can be recalled that the president's detractors were accusing him he had psychological problems, especially during the 2012 presidential elections.

“Alam ninyo, hindi ito bumenta noong 2010 at di yan bebenta ngayon... Kahit kumakandidato ang Sen. Aquino sa pagkapangulo walang naniwala riyan, walang maniniwala ngayon," she said.

“What you have to understand about the president, he is a very frank person; he will not hesitate to simplify issues when he feels one side is already doing legal cartwheels to [twist] and confuse the evidence already coming out,” she said.

Corona on Friday dared Aquino to make public his SALN and psychological records, a day after Aquino challenged Corona to disclose his dollar accounts for public scrutiny.

The impeached chief justice also said Aquino should not meddle in the Senate impeachment trial, and scolded him for supposedly telling college students to make a judgment without getting all the facts of the case.

As for the SALN, Valte said Aquino allows his SALN to be made public every year.

“Nagre-release kami ng SALN, baka hindi nakikita pero na-print yan sa diyaryo, pinaguusapan sa radio, napapanood sa TV. Hindi ko alam anong dare-dare na ilabas ang SALN," she said.

Valte also downplayed a reported assessment by economist Solita Monsod that Aquino’s SALN may be full of holes.

She said the holes Monsod may have been referring to is the value of the Aquino property on Times Street in Quezon City.

Valte said that when Aquino’s father Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. died in 1983, the property was shared among his then widow Corazon and their children.

When Mrs. Aquino died in 2009, the children’s share grew, but in 2010, Valte said Aquino’s siblings waived their shares in favor of the incumbent president.

“Ngayon siya ang may-ari ng buong propery. Una maliit ang valuation dahil yan ang valuation ngshare niya, so walang under-declaration diyan (Now the president is the owner of the entire property. Before, the valuation was small because he had a smaller share),” Valte said.

Valte also added that Corona's challenge to Aquino is an insult, not only to the executive leader, but also to everyone, including the media.

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