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Villar won't sanction supporter for fake psych report

Villar won’t sanction supporter for fake psych report
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MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manny Villar on Wednesday said he will not impose sanctions against former National Power Corp. President and NP supporter Guido Delgado for releasing a fake psychiatric report on Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

In an interview, Villar said Delgado is a volunteer and cannot be sanctioned by NP. He added that he has no plans to talk to Delgado or chastise him for holding a press conference to release the fake psychiatric report on Aquino.

Villar also refused to condemn Delgado’s action, saying that he plans to read the fake psychiatric report first. He said he did not order Delgado to call for a press conference.

Delgado distributed copies of the fake psychiatric report on Tuesday morning, but he stressed that he did not verify it. “It is the media’s role to confirm its veracity,” he said.

Delgado said his co-volunteer in the Villar camp received the report in a packet last weekend. It had no return address.

Jesuit priest Jaime Bulatao, however, denied writing or signing such a report.

A policy adviser of Villar on Tuesday admitted to ABS-CBN News that it was the Villar camp which was behind the second document on Aquino’s mental health.

In an telephone interview on ANC’s Rundown Tuesday night, Prof. Prospero de Vera of the UP College of Public Administration said: “We received a document and a DVD purporting to be a report. We present it to the media for the media to investigate it.”

Asked if he thought it might boomerang on Villar’s campaign, de Vera said: “It is because we want the truth to come out. We don’t want to be accused again. We are avoiding the possibility that media organizations who receive the material will again accuse the Nacionalista Party of starting this whole thing. That’s why we are bringing it out in the open for the media to investigate it.”

NP spokesman and senatorial bet Adel Tamano, meanwhile, denounced the ongoing smear campaign against Aquino, which has been attributed to the NP camp. Tamano maintained Villar and the team were caught unaware by Delgado’s revelations. He called on NP members and supporters to stop the mudslinging and focus their efforts instead on positive campaigning and platforms.

“To be very honest, I am really so tired. Pinapahirapan nila yung trabaho ko. I joined the NP I was hoping I would be talking about yung vision namin for the country. That’s what I wanted to do as spokesman pero hindi. Instead of doing that I’m on your show now defending this stupid tactic na ginawa ng isang NP supporter namin. Parang nakakahinayang eh. Nakakasama ng loob to tell you the truth,” he told radio dzMM.

Strike 2: New psych report on Noynoy also fake

Strike 2: New psych report on Noynoy also fake
By Carmela Fonbuena
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MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – A new version of a report on Senator Benigno Aquino III’s mental health, released on Tuesday by a supporter of Nacionalista Party (NP) presidential bet Sen. Manny Villar, is also fake.

Jesuit priest Jaime Bulatao, who supposedly signed the report, denied writing or signing such a report. (Click here for Fr. Bulatao’s letter.)

The second fake report on Aquino’s mental health was distributed at a press conference by former National Power Corp. President Guido Delgado. (Click here for story.)

“It has come to my attention that an unverified ‘psychiatric evaluation’ allegedly signed by me in 1979 about the mental condition of Senator Benigno C. Aquino III is currently circulating in the news. I categorically deny having written and signed that report,” Bulatao said in the statement he signed at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bulatao founded the Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Psychology and the Central Guidance Bureau of Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) in 1961. He was also the president of the Psychological Association of the Philippines from 1979 to 1981.

Delgado, a supporter of Nacionalista Party (NP) bet Senator Manuel Villar Jr., distributed copies of the report on Tuesday morning but he stressed that he did not verify it.

“It is the media’s role to confirm its veracity,” he said in a press conference.

Delgado said his co-volunteer in the Villar camp received the Bulatao-signed second report in a packet last weekend. It had no return address.

The report, which was supposedly signed by Fr. Bulatao on August 9, 1979, claims that Aquino, who was then only a 19-year-old student of Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), was found to be “suffering from depression and melancholia,” due partly to his father Ninoy’s incarceration under the martial law regime of Ferdinand Marcos.

Previously, a bogus psychiatric report from the Ateneo psychology department on Aquino was circulated. It had factual errors, including the signatory, Fr. Carmelo “Tito” Caluag, who denied it as he was never a psychologist but a high school principal in the same school.

Caluag is also a Jesuit priest.

Desperate move?

Asked for comment, Aquino said Villar’s camp is getting desperate because their survey ratings are going down.

Aquino also said Delgado could have verified the report before taking it to the media.

He admitted he knows Fr. Bulatao,  who was his former professor at Ateneo, but said he has never gone through any such kind of psychiatric examination as alleged in the report.

Aquino’s campaign spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, said they have evidence that would show that the two reports were fabricated by the NP camp.

“Delgado simply cannot give the unverified documents that fell out of the sky to media then expect them to verify while the story is circulating the airwaves,” he said.

“He cannot just go to town and tell the public it is their obligation to verify his accusations. Villar and Delgado are making fools out of the media and the public. From the start, they have made moral and intellectual dishonesty the crux of their campaign. Are these the kind of people we would want to run our country?” he added.

LP campaign manager Florencio “Butch” Abad said it shows the NP’s desperation. But he’s confident that it will backfire on Villar.

“They’ve been throwing everything at Senator Aquino including the kitchen sink…Now they’ve brought out another kitchen…These are baseless accusations meant to counter the surging numbers of Aquino in all the pre-election surveys.”

“The public can see through these dirty tricks that Villar’s campaign has put out to the point of saturation. It reflects the sort of murky politics that has kept our country from progress,” Abad said. “We are confident that come May 10, the people will do what is right for our country.”

Villar is trailing Aquino in pre-election surveys. In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey conducted April  16 to 19, Aquino’s lead over Villar increased to 12 percentage points from just 9 points in March.

Villar camp revives Noynoy mental health issue

Villar camp revives Noynoy mental health issue
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MANILA, Philippines – With only 13 days left before Filipinos choose their next president, a supporter of Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. on Tuesday revived the mental health of Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Benigno Aquino III as an issue in the elections.

At a press conference, former National Power Corp. (NPC) President Guido Delgado distributed copies of alleged 1979 psychiatric reports on Aquino, stressing these were not verified because “it is the media’s role to confirm its veracity.”

The report claims that Aquino, who was then only a 19-year-old student of Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), was found to be “suffering from depression and melancholia,” due partly to his father Ninoy’s incarceration under the martial law regime of Ferdinand Marcos.

The report was allegedly signed by Jaime Bulatao, a Jesuit priest, on August 9, 1979.

Previously, a bogus psychiatric report from the Ateneo psychology department on Aquino was circulated. It had factual errors, including the signatory, Fr. Carmelo “Tito” Caluag, who denied it as he was never a psychologist but a high school principal in the same school.

Fr. Bulatao, on the other hand, founded the psychology department and the central guidance bureau of AdMU in 1961. He was also the president of the Psychological Association of the Philippines from 1979 to 1981.

Serious issue

Delgado, who denied that he had anything to do with the release of the first report, said his co-volunteer in the Villar camp received the Bulatao-signed second report in a packet last weekend. It had no return address.

Delgado said he’s bringing the report out in public because of the seriousness of its contents.

In a campaign sortie in February, Aquino had used his experience of having a member of his family in jail to counter Villar’s popular ad on being poor.

“Nasubukan na ba ninyo na makulong ng Pasko at Bagong Taon para lang makapiling ang inyong mahal sa buhay na wala namang sala?” Aquino told supporters. It was an obvious twist from a line in one of Villar’s ads: “Nagpasko ka na ba ng sa gitna ng kalsada?”

Aquino added: “Nakaranas na ba kayo na mag-iyakan ang inyong buong pamilya pagsapit ng Bagong Taon sa loob ng maliit na selda samantalang nagdidiwang at nagsasaya sa labas ang buong daigdig? Nakaranas na ba kayong maging kuya at tatay sa mga kapatid na babae sa murang edad ng inyong pagbibinata.” (Read: Villar spent X’mas on streets? Noynoy has own sob story)

Mudslinging

Delgado, who was president of the NPC during the term of former President Fidel Ramos, said the psychiatric report, which was about private and confidential sessions,” is “for public consumption.”

Ironically, however, he stressed that “this election is so important that we must veer away from attack of personalities.”

Meantime, the Aquino camp dismissed the report.

Edwin Lacierda, spokesperson of Aquino’s presidential campaign, told ANC’s Dateline, “I don’t think Noynoy (Aquino) will waste a single second to deny (the report).”

He said this was “a desperate black propaganda against Sen. Noynoy (Aquino).” He said the Villar camp is “hoping that the Filipino people are stupid.”

Lacierda added, “they (Villar camp) will do everything within the next 2 weeks to throw as much dirt against Noynoy (Aquino) hoping that these will reduce our lead.”

Villar embattled

Villar is trailing Aquino in pre-election surveys. In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey conducted April  16 to 19, Aquino’s lead increased to 12 percentage points from just 9 points in March.

Villar has been hit by the Aquino camp for the veracity of the businessman-turned-politician’s claim of being extremely poor in his political ads.

A former lawyer in some of the real estate companies of Villar has also filed a labor suit, which detailed how his companies allegedly conducted business unethically. The former lawyer described alleged land-grabbing schemes in his labor suit.

Recently, the camp of former President Joseph Estrada, who is third in the surveys, has also released the minutes of a meeting of the Philippine Stock Exchange board in 2007. The document recorded the attendance of Villar in a board meeting where directors were making a decision on a listing hurdle faced by Villar’s real estate firm.