This is a video shared with us by an AntiPinoy.com commenter that shows Philippine Star columnist Carmen Pedrosa sharing information about Noynoy Aquino’s mental health. Among other things, she hints, in this video, at how “the Media” would not allow her to express “the truth” she is revealing here and how this leaves her no choice but to resort to this video (presumably, but not explicitly stated) to inform the public in time for the elections on Monday, the 10th of May.
Here are the highlights of some of what Ms Pedrosa relates in the above video (for those suffering from the atrocious general quality of Internet services in the Philippines) which was uploaded to YouTube.com on the 7th of May 2010:
(1) Noynoy Aquino is “the Media’s candidate” and therefore will not be up to publishing anything that would jeopardise his chances of winning the 2010 presidential elections;
(2) that it is true that Noynoy Aquino has “problems”;
(3) that Aquino is prone to bouts of sumpong (moodiness marked by withdrawal or unpredictable changes in emotional disposition); and,
(4) that his father Ninoy asked that his son be examined by a psychologist to see what is causing his “lack of drive”.
To be honest, I am a bit suspicious of how not a single full sentence goes by in the above video that is not interrupted by a splice in the footage (readers, be the judge!). But then this could be attributed to the video publisher’s compressing the length of the footage to a manageable duration. To be fair, there was none of those “ummms” and “ahhhs” that normally characterise the speech of someone speaking candidly. Perhaps all these utterances were edited out by the publisher the same way signal compression algorithms used for high-capacity voice transmission systems delete null bit streams that don’t add to the information value of a signal.
Anyway, so I checked some of what Pedrosa said (much of these across at least one footage splice) against the only known published witness account of Noynoy’s behaviour among friends, Jojo Robles’s famous “‘Tomcat’ recalls Noynoy” published in the ManilaStandardToday.com. Of course, this is not the most reliable of sources, considering that Robles merely quotes a person who prefers to be known only as ‘Tomcat’ who posted an open letter to Noynoy Aquino on Facebook (a place on the Net rivalled only by the Inquirer.net in terms of availability of hearsay news). Nonetheless I found one passage that seemed to be consistent with one of the anecdotes Pedrosa relates to us on the video:
The report says that you have a “major depressive disorder.” Well, I honestly don’t know if that is true. What I do know is that in school you were very temperamental and had sudden mood swings. Isang minuto, nakikikain ka kay Brudda Francis, maya’t maya nagagalit ka na. Many of our classmates can attest to witnessing scenes like this.
The report said that you used to go with your mom to see Dr. Manuel Escudero. That is a whole truth. I remember seeing you at Tito Maning’s high-rise apartment on Roxas Boulevard when we were still kids. Tito Maning was a consultant with the WHO here in Manila but he was also a psychiatrist who treated only the high society people in Manila. Even Imelda Marcos was his patient. Unfortunately, so was my mom who suffered from insecurities due to my dad’s numerous infidelities.
There you go. Bits and pieces of information cobbled together. I guess pictures evolve as dots are connected rather than instantly present themselves to us on a silver platter. The real question here is where are the protests and rebuttals from the Noynoy camp, considering particularly that Robles’s piece was published way back on the 16th of April?
To put all of this in context, consider how Indonesia’s General Election Commission routinely subjects politicians who register their candidacy to physical, psychological, and even personality tests…
Nominees for president and vice president registered their candidacy at the central General Election Commission office in Jakarta on 16 May. Candidates underwent physical and psychological evaluations at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital following registration. Personality tests were also conducted using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.
In the case of Filipino politicians, their terms of office are the tests of their mental health. Perhaps we need to re-consider this practice of unleashing untested (in every sense of that word) people on the hapless Filipino.