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The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a disbarment complaint filed by anonymous “concerned students” who accused Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) law professor Quirino Esguerra, Jr., of sexual harassment and rape.

In a recent 5-page notice of resolution, the SC 3rd Division adopted the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ (IBP) April 19, 2017 dismissal of the complaint against Esguerra.

The IBP cited the anonymous complainants’ failure to attend the mandatory conference proceeding to substantiate the allegations, and to file the required position paper.

It also cited that WMSU College of Law Dean Eduardo Sanson could not ascertain the existence or identity of the “concerned students,” especially as no complaint was submitted to school authorities.

Besides the lack of derogatory records in the WMSU, Esguerra cited the lack of any pending criminal case or conviction against him before any court.

“The mere fact that the purported victim… did not file a formal charge against respondent creates a serious doubt on the truthfulness of the allegations of complainants in their letter-complaint,” read an excerpt of Investigating Commissioner Leandro Millano’s April 6, 2017 report.

According to the complaint, the purported victim was Esguerra’s freshman student and part-time secretary in his law office. It claimed that Esguerra was fond of sexually abusing his female students and had offered monetary settlements to avoid being charged.

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