- A law professor was accused of sexual harassment by his three students
- In his defense, the professor said that he was just being “friendly” and what he said were “jokes”
- However, the Supreme Court ruled to suspend the professor
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The Supreme Court released an 11-page decision over the law professor who was accused of sending lewd messages and cracking sexual jokes during his class.
KAMI learned that the law professor from Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City was barred from practicing law for 5 years, and he will not be allowed to teach for 10 years as well.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News (author Mike Navallo), the case stemmed from three students who accused Atty. Cresencio P. Co Untian Jr. of sexual harassment through text messages, sending flowers, and trip invitation.
A student also claimed that the professor showed her a photo of a naked woman and emphasized their resemblance in front of the class.
However, Co Untian defended himself that his messages like “luv u” and “miss u” were said in a friendly manner and his other acts in the class were just “jokes.”
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen wanted Co Untian to be disbarred.
"Had this not been the first time that this Court was required to penalize a law professor for sexually harassing his students, I would have maintained that respondent be disbarred to uphold the profession's standards of moral integrity," Leonen said, as reported by GMA News (Nicole-Anne C. Lagrimas).
Leonen claimed that the professor "exceeded his male privilege," noting that the Court's ruling "acknowledges the persistence of patriarchy in our society."
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