By Nitz Arancon
THREE students of Acatech Aviation College in Barangay Lapasan have filed a civil lawsuit against the school before the Regional Trial Court Branch 21 on Tuesday.
Complainants Muhammad Adel Roa, Amir Roa, and Karen Faith Suico filed the case together with their legal counsel Atty. Angeline Marie Carrasco-Genoso against Acatech Aviation College President Jonathan Palma and its Prefect of Discipline Atty. Jose Pallugna for illegal dismissal and violation of constitutional rights.
The three were dismissed by the school administration, pushing them to seek judicial remedy in court for damages.
For his part, Muhammad Roa requested the court to issue an injunction and allow him to graduate this coming April 12.
According to Genoso, his clients were dismissed following a letter that they sent to the Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and to the office of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines after their student organization was dissolved by the school administration.
“Mi-reklamo ang akong tulo ka mga client tungod sa dili maayong school policy sa ilang school,” Genoso said.
Genoso added that in January the students walked-out from their classrooms as a protest for the college’s lack of facilities and numerous fees.
For the school’s part, Pallugna said they would welcome the complaints of Genoso’s clients. However, they have yet to receive the written complaint said Pallugna.
“Mas maayo nga ana-a na kana sa korte kay aron naay due process (on) the part sa eskuwelahan, ug naay judicial process,” Palluga said.
According to Pallugna, the school administration decided to dismiss the three complainants because the institution was humiliated as a result of their baseless complaints they sent to DOTr Secretary Tugade and Caap.
Pallugna assured that before the case was filed in court, they already conducted an administrative disciplinary hearing resulting in the school administration’s decision to dismiss Muhammad Adel Roa, Amir Roa, and Karen Faith Suico.