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.”