Suicide watch?

Impeached Chief Justice Corona’s media blitz, launched against the advice of his counsels, has raised concerns in certain quarters.

One psychiatrist who has been tracking Corona’s behavior from the beginning of his crisis points to some disturbing signs:

“Corona has been crying in public ; he has been using phrases like pugutin na nila ang ulo ko, patayin muna nila ako,etc. Those phrases reveal that Corona sees his trial as a fight to the death, literally. I became more concerned when I heard him say in one of his interviews, kung matalo ako mawawala sa akin ang lahat, naruyakan na ang pagkatao ko, yung kahihiyan ng sarili ko sa kahihiyan ng pamilya ko, siguro lahat ng kaibigan namin eh lalayo na sa amin, siyempre wala ka na sa pwesto. I’m afraid that’s a frame of mind that indicates Corona might prefer death to a conviction,” said the psychiatrist.

I replied, “But if he is thinking of suicide, why did he rent a bomb-proof car? That doesn’t seem like the behavior of someone who wants to kill himself.”

The psychiatrist replied, “It shows extreme paranoia, that’s how unbalanced he has become. He thinks his imagined enemies are out to get him and so he rented the bomb-proof car because he does not want to give them the pleasure of doing him in.”

The psychiatrist added, “I think his family and friends should seriously consider putting him on a suicide watch. At the very least they should get a doctor to prescribe medication.”

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • Anonymous

    I wish to God he would do it sooner para matapos na ang impeachment na ito … eh lumabas na lahat ang kasinungalingan ni corona ah … from his resume, to his SALN, and etc … lumabas that he is more of an animal … eh ano pa kaya ang lalabas… ang kanyang mga abogado naman eh puro ang dakdak ng “rule of law”. 

    • Anonymous

       What do you think happens next if Corona is  NOT kicked out of office?

      Did perSi-Noynoy mean it when he says  he can not do  Daang-Matuwid  if CJ Corona remains in place to provide Constitution-counterweight to Mal kanyang?   What happens because it keeps on happening Persi-Noynoy’s version of rule-of-law clashes with SupremoKorte’s rule-of-law rule-of-law.   Abangan!!!

  • Manuelbuencamino

    I was passing on the observations of a friend, to see if others also noticed Corona’s strange behavior. 

    UP’s reaction, turning the whole thing into a joke, tells me that there is some concern in the Corona camp about the effect of Corona’s behavior on the public’s perception of his mental state.

    • Anonymous

      Shining a spotlight on how Corona-the-CJ CJ is handling stress — that’s good.

      One of the pillars of mental health is a spouse,  ManuB.   Malakanyang passing on the word that they are worried about CJ is facetious and nonsensical propaganda.   CJ walks the streets — free.  Think again and you’d think that Malakanyang would want to put video-cameras in GullLLOOO’s jail to monitor her mental state. 

      But having a spouse —  that’s a good thing with regards handling stress.

      So statistically,  CJ Corona (with spouse and children) has a much better capacity to handle stress than bachelor-dude PersiNoy,  especially considering the
      trauma and
      depression since an
      early age that PersiNoy had personally experienced.

      • Manuelbuencamino

        Ok Dr. UP if you would rather have us look the other way. 

        But I, for one, will be watching Corona’s behavior closely if he gathers up the courage to testify at his trial instead of handling the stress by making his wife testify in his stead.

        As the old saying goes, in front of every great coward is a courageous and loving wife ready to protect him.

  • Anonymous

    Oh,  I get it!!!

    The new propaganda is …. “Can’t you see the stress is too much for him?  He can’t handle the stress of the office,  surely everyone can seethat  PresiNoynoy’s action to send Colonel-so-and-so to relieve Corona-the-CJ of his office is just because PresiNoynoy is mabait to his BFF’s.”

  • Anonymous

    hah hah hah hah hah !!!!

    Malakanyang  providing  PROZAC advice is  so hilarious!!!!

    Betcha this idea did not come from Mislang… I don’t think she’s been to Boston.

    • Manuelbuencamino


      Suicide is not a laughing matter. 

      • Anonymous

         wow!   ManuB…. didn’t think you give a hoot about  anybody’s mental state,  lest alone  the number-6 or Number-7 on PresiNoynoy’s  “Ihate you! I hate you!!!  (See!!! I’m pulling my hair out!!)  I hate you!!!”  list.

        But Malakanyang providing PROZAC advice really is quite hilarious, ManuB.

        • Manuelbuencamino


          You sound like you also need medication, badly.

          • Anonymous

            One of the pillars of mental health is a spouse,  ManuB.

            So statistically,  CJ Corona has a much capacity to handle stress than bachelor-dude PersiNoy,  especially considering the trauma and depression since an early age that PersiNoy had personally experienced.