JBC to probe leaked results of psych test

The JBC declines the request of Justice Arturo Brion for a copy of the results of his own psychological test

WHO LEAKED IT? JBC will try to find out who disclose results of the psychology tests of contenders to the post of chief justice.

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the body that screens and vets aspirants for judicial posts, will investigate the leakage of the results of the psychological tests of previous contenders for the post of chief justice. 

Jose Mejia, a member of the 8-member body, told reporters on Monday, September 3, that the body will probe how the results of the psychological tests – which were supposed to be confidential – were disclosed to others. The Manila Times earlier reported that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza got a grade of 4 in the tests. A grade of 5 means failure.

The newspaper quoted from the supposed results of the report, which described Sereno as someone who “projects a happy mood but has depressive markers too. There is a strong tendency to make decisions based on current mood thus, outcome is highly subjective and self-righteous.”

Mejia said that a JBC member, retired Court of Appeals Justice Aurora Lagman, moved for the investigation of the leakage. The JBC executive committee is composed of 4 regular members: Mejia, who represents the academe, Lagman from the private sector, Integrated Bar of the Philippines official Milagros-Fernan Cayosa and retired Supreme Court Justice Regino Hermosisima. 

The JBC declined the request of Justice Arturo Brion to have a copy of the results of his own psychological test because of the confidential nature of the information.

The JBC has required contenders to take psychology tests – administered by the council itself – since 2000. – Rappler.com


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