Pimentel says mental health of candidates is a valid issue

April 12, 2010 11:04 pm 

MANILA, April 12 — Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said on Monday that the mental fitness of candidates for President and Vice President must not be withheld from the public because mental incapacity is a ground for removal from public office.

Pimentel, in a radio program, issued the reaction to a snowballing call for presidential and vice presidential candidates in next month's elections to submit themselves to psychological and physical examinations.

"It's not right for any candidate to hide from the public any serious ailment that could affect the performance of his duties in case he gets elected, more so when we are talking about the presidency," said Pimentel.

"In fact, someone elected President may be declared incompetent and replaced by his Vice President in case of insanity," he stressed.

A psychological examination of Senator and presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino, purportedly conducted by the Ateneo de Manila Department of Psychology in 1996, had surfaced in the Internet.

The genuineness of the purported psycho test has been denied by the school. (PNA)

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