Parents, teacher want school official suspended

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Friday, June 6, 2014

THE president of the General Parent-Teachers Association (GPTA) of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS), Michael Carl Eclevia, requested Friday to put a school official under preventive suspension for the sexual favors complaint he is facing.

Edgar Magallanes, school registrar of MOGCHS, has been accused of allegedly soliciting sexual favors in exchange for school records from a former student.

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On June 4, the Office of the City Prosecutor filed charges against the administrator for attempted rape and grave coercion.

Eclevia condemned the act of Magallanes, saying “the principal must have acted on this immediately because the suspect is criminally liable.”

“It is sure that when he gets out from jail, he will be back on his track, he will eventually report [to work]. They should think that what he has done is really unusual and immoral at the same time,” Eclevia added.

MOGCHS principal Josefina Dagasuan, however, said everything must be done with due process before ordering the suspension or employing other punishment.

“We still have to call a committee if that is really true. We still have to settle everything first, and then we act on it. We cannot issue a suspension because there is still no basis, or if there is, I do not know because I have not heard anything yet,” Dagasuan said.

“If he is really guilty, I’m pretty sure, he will be on leave,” she added.

She said that she had no idea of what was going on since it was around summertime.

Dagasuan said there was no complaint filed in their office for them to give an action toward it.

“We were here the whole time (summer) but I did not receive a single complaint against Magallanes, so I did not know that there was an ongoing activity between him and the victim,” she said.

“Well, as to where the complainant would want to file her complain, it depends on her. I do not even know her,” she added.

Eclevia, however, said he is trying to reach out to the victim and assured her that GPTA can offer financial help and he himself, as a lawyer, can recommend her to groups in Cagayan de Oro that can offer legal assistance for free.

“We are trying to reach out to her. We have plans in calling the division superintendent for further action on this,” he said.

On Friday, the members of the MOGCHS faculty said they received a text message reportedly coming from Magallanes’ friend telling them that he is no longer under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Northern Mindanao and that the complaint against him was downgraded to extortion.

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro went to NBI to confirm this and found out that Magallanes was out from its detention Friday afternoon.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 07, 2014.

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