Ex-Kabankalan councilor guilty of sexual harassment

BY ADRIAN STEWART CO

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MANILA – A former member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental was found guilty of sexually harassing a technical assistant from August to December 2005.

A decision the Sandiganbayan released yesterday stated that Carlo Villavicencio was guilty of violating Section 3 of the Republic Act 7877, or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, and was fined P10,000.

The decision – penned by associate justices Ma. Theresa Gomez-Estoesta, Zaldy Trespeses and Bayani Jacinto – stated that Villavicencio entered a guilty plea.

Villavicencio took advantage of his official position and demanded to date and have a sexual encounter with his staff member as a condition for the latter’s continued employment, the Sandiganbayan said.

When the complainant declined the sexual advances, Villavicencio refused to renew or favorably endorse the former’s appointment to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the decision stated.

During a pre-trial in Cebu City last month, Villavicencio manifested his intention to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty.”

“Villavicencio was informed that the charge may qualify it as a crime involving moral turpitude where he may face disqualification if he ran again for public office,” the decision said. “The accused understood [the same] and persisted in his change of plea.”/PN