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2000 psych report: Du30 a mental case


The volatile and abrasive character of PDP-Laban presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte has roots from a psychological imbalance based on a report made on his mental health 15 years ago which described him as anti-social and narcissistic.
A psychological assessment on Duterte which appeared in a television news report stated that he has an “Antisocial Narcissistic Personality Disorder” or what psychologists refer to as psychopathy.
The report said the assessment became the basis for the civil annulment of Duterte’s marriage to first wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.
Because of this personality disorder, the report said Duterte tends to humiliate other people or violate their rights.
International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, tenth edition (ICD-10), of the World Health Organization (WHO) called what afflicts Duterte as a dissocial personality disorder which is characterized by at least three of the following: callous unconcern for the feelings of others; gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms, rules, and obligations; incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, though having no difficulty in establishing them; very low tolerance to frustration and a low threshold for discharge of aggression, including violence; incapacity to experience guilt or to profit from experience, particularly punishment; and marked readiness to blame others or to offer plausible rationali-zations for the behavior that has brought the person into conflict with society.
The WHO paper states that the diagnosis included “amoral, antisocial, asocial, psychopathic, and sociopathic personality.”
The assessment on Duterte’s personality, conducted in 2000, also showed that the mayor has difficulty controlling his emotions. He was also described as impulsive and because of this, he usually does not consider the implications of his acts.
The assessment was undertaken by psychologist Natividad Dayan, former president of the International Council of Psychologists, and concluded that Duterte was suffering from “Antisocial Narcissistic Personality Disorder,” a condition charac-terized by “gross indifference, insensitivity and self-centeredness,” “grandiose sense of self-entitlement and manipulative behaviors” and “pervasive tendency to demean, humiliate others and violate their rights and feelings.”
“For all his wrongdoings, he tends to rationalize and feel justified. Hence, he seldom feels a sense of guilt or remorse,” the assessment said.
The report said while Dayan refused to comment on the court documents in the annulment case, she, however, confirmed that she made the assessment.
Zimmerman filed a petition annul her marriage in 1998 before the Regional Trial Court of Pasig City, alleging Duterte’s psychological incapacity.
Zimmerman, who was married to Duterte since 1973, had been residing in Pasay City at that time after their marriage turned sour 10 years before.
Duterte and Zimmerman separated in July 1998 but their marriage was already on the rocks 10 years before as the couple started sleeping on separate beds.
“Miserable and unhappy,” that was how Zimmerman described her marriage with Duterte when she took the stand, under oath and in open court.
As narrated in a decision penned by Judge Pablo M. Roxas, which granted Zimmerman’s petition for nullity of marriage, Zimmerman said that her marriage with Duterte was marred with the latter’s womanizing and volatile temper.
According to official court documents, Zimmerman testified that sometime after the birth of their second child, Sara, in 1978, a woman, who introduced herself as Duterte’s mistress, confronted her to inform her of her husband’s infidelity.
During a confrontation with Duterte, he acknowledged the affair and said that it was only a scheme to get back at him since his illicit affair was long over.
Zimmerman testified that Duterte’s womanizing continued with other women while he was a prosecutor.
According to Zimmerman, Duterte’s womanizing worsened when he became an OIC-vice mayor of Davao City, with the politician flaunting his other women and introducing them to his friends as “Mrs. Duterte.”
When confronted again about his womanizing, Duterte told Zimmerman, based on court records, “Leave me alone. I know what I am doing.”
Dayan said in her psychological report that Zimmerman suffered a “Partner Relational Problem” caused by “severe stress during her marriage to Rodrigo,” and that she will continue to suffer if she remained married to her husband.
The psychological assessment concluded that Duterte was “psychologically incapacitated to handle essential marital obligations.”
Moreover, Duterte’s antisocial narcissistic personality disorder was found to have existed prior to his marriage to Zimmerman.
Trivializing executions explained
For years, Duterte had been criticized for his alleged involvement in extra-judicial killings in Davao City–and his apparent lack of remorse for it.
In more than one instance, Duterte admitted to killing scores of individuals allegedly involved in criminal activities before they received their day in court.
Duterte also admitted his links to the Davao Death Squad, which is allegedly responsible for summary executions of criminals in the city. He also warned he will kill up to 100,000 criminals if he is elected president.
In a television interview in Davao City, Duterte was unapologetic about his actions and even dared the group to file a case against him in court.
“Ako, ako daw death squad? True, that’s true,” (They said I am the death squad, true, that’s true), Duterte said on air.
He also said that instead of 1,000 dead criminals, the number might rise to 50,000 dead if he is elected president.
“If I become president, start looking for a place to hide. That 1,000 would reach 50,000. I will kill all you (son of bitches) who make the life of the Filipinos miserable. I will really kill you all,” he said.
“I will win because of the breakdown of law and order. I do not want to commit a crime but if by chance, God will place me there, just watch out. You will see the fishes fat and content in Manila Bay. I will all throw you there,” Duterte said.
Results of Dayan’s examination of Duterte showed that the mayor is likely to be “a highly impulsive individual who has difficulty controlling his urges and emotions. He is unable to reflect on the consequences of his actions.”
In a campaign rally last April 12 in Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City, Duterte tried to regale his audience with the now notorious rape joke on an Australian minister who was slain after being raped during a prison riot.
The missionary, Jacqueline Hamill, who was ministering in a prison in Davao City was raped and killed during a riot by inmates in 1989. Duterte was the city mayor at the time.
“They raped all of the women... There was this Australian lay minister... when they took them out... I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a bitch. what a pity... they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first,” Duterte is shown telling a crowd of laughing supporters.
Several groups and individuals including those overseas condemned Duterte for his vile remarks.
No apology from Du30
As an affirmation of the Duterte psychological report, the presidential bet disowned a supposed public apology on his rape joke statement.
“I never said I apologize,” Duterte said in a television interview.
He clarified that his comment about the rape incident he made which was captured in a video that went viral on April 16 was a reiteration of his apology in 1989, i.e. “I am sorry it had to happen in my city”.
“I’m sorry in general. I’m sorry to the Filipino people. It’s my style, it’s my mouth. I said it in the heat of anger”, Duterte said.
“I am even willing to lose the presidency. Do not make me apologize for something which I did that was called for by the moment. I will not die if I do not become president,” he added.
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay said he fears about the effect Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s rape ‘joke’ may have on the lives and safety of Filipinos living and working abroad.
Binay said in a statement, that Duterte’s so-called joke on the rape of Hamill has since received criticism from Australia and the United States.
He said the Duterte’s offensive joke has even gained the attention of international media agencies like CNN, BBC, Time, New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times and as well as media networks based in Australia.
Binay said he was worried about the possible backlash on OFWs and Filipino migrants.
What was frightening was how Duterte’s tasteless joke and the laughter from his supporters could be taken as a sign by foreigners on how Filipino men viewed and treated women and how women viewed themselves.
Binay urged voters to consider the consequences of voting for Duterte in the upcoming May 9 elections. He said that it was the voters’ moral obligation not to vote for a leader who shows no respect for women, children and those who are poor.
Representatives of women’s groups also filed a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights against Duterte for his rape joke.
The complainants said Duterte violated a law protecting women’s rights through a string of actions, including his rape comment.
“Our complaint stems from the string of actuations as shown in print and video by Mr. Duterte, showing his callous, derogatory and insulting treatment of women,” leaders of nine women and workers’ groups said in their complaint.
The CHR serves as on an Ombudsman role under the Philippine law called the Magna Carta of Women and can investigate and refer cases to appropriate government bodies for action.
A commission statement Wednesday expressed “grave concern over the repeated and consistent trivialization of rape in the statements of Mayor Duterte” and reminded Duterte of the state’s obligation to protect women’s rights. It promised to formally seek Duterte’s answer to the complaint and to pursue the case.
Aside from the rape remark, the complainants pointed to a video on YouTube of Duterte narrating before a laughing audience that as a student, he confessed to a priest that he would go to the bedroom of his family’s household helper to peek under her blanket as she slept. They also cited pictures of Duterte kissing women supporters on the mouth on the campaign trail or carrying them on his lap as he kissed them.
“To make the rape of a woman who was later killed a laughing matter, and to treat women as playthings to be taken advantage of constitute an affront to us and all women,” they added.
Jean Enriquez, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking In Women - Asia Pacific, said she and other complainants were not supporting a particular candidate and their action had nothing to do with politics.
LP pounces on remorseless Du30
“(Duterte does not know how to acknowledge his mistake.”
This was how the Liberal Party (LP) described Duterte who has been urged to apologize for his statements on the rape and death of an Australian missionary in 1989.
“Mayor Duterte has spoken.  He was not the one who asked for an apology, it was his staff that made this,” LP spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said yesterday.
Gutierrez stressed that someone who cannot recognize a mistake and would insist that he is right is not fit for the presidency.
“Even his own people knows he made a mistake and are embarrassed for him,” Gutierrez claimed.
This developed as the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality headed by Bulacan Rep. Linabelle Villarica denounced Duterte for trivializing rape and rape victims.
“As a woman and advocate for women’s rights, I denounce, in no uncertain terms, the trivialization of rape and rape victims. It has never been and should never be made into a laughing matter,” Villarica said yesterday.
Villarica pointed out that the plight and circumstances of women victims of violence such as rape should be treated with a highest degree of sensitivity and tact as provided for in House Resolution No. 00134.
Villarica explained that the House Resolution was addressed specifically to media and entertainment personalities in their public performances because they are people of real and potential public influence.
“And now this. A man (Duterte) aspiring for the highest office in our land casually made a rape joke amidst a very real and tragic situation. You better believe it, the audience laughed. It is chilling to imagine the power that we shall surrender in the hands of this man if elected,” Villarica said in a statement.
“For indeed rape is not about sex, it is all about the power to dehumanize. Shall we become party to this?,” she said.
Villarica urged the Filipino women to come out and opposed the “macho culture” being espoused by Duterte.
“I enjoin my fellow-women, we make up half of those who come out to actually vote, let us be a force to address this macho culture. With our votes let us say NO. We are not to be laughed at when we are raped. NO. We are not to be silenced when we are violated,” the Bulacan lawmaker said.
In 2013, the PNP Women & Children Protection Center recorded 5,493 cases of rape or 1 rape every 96 minutes. The PNP Directorate for Investigation & Detective Management reported a higher number – 7,409 incidents or 1 person raped every 72 minutes.  
She said that elected officials must be, by word and deed, without blame in this regard if they are to lead us in the fight to end rape and sexual violence in all its forms. We should expect nothing less.
“Let us now force women’s issues on the table. If women’s rights are important to you, make it a non-negotiable in choosing the next leaders of this country,” Villarica said.             

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