After criminal charges, civil and admin cases will be filed vs USEP officials
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) — After the National Bureau of Investigation charged them with “reckless imprudence leading to homicide,” officials, teachers and students of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) stand to face two more charges – administrative and civil – for the death of a 16-year old student-beauty contestant last July.
Lawyer Raneolo Leonar, counsel of the parents of 16-year old victim, Cheryl Sarate, said University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), said they will also file administrative cases against USEP officials with the Office of the Ombudsman this week.
He said they are also preparing to file a civil case against the University itself for damages. He said it could be “a million-peso” suit.
Sarate’s gown caught fire during a beauty pageant inside the school premises on July 20. She suffered third degree burns and died in a government hospital on July 23. She was a Bachelor of Arts Major in English student who dreamed of becoming as lawyer, Leonar said.
The NBI, which investigated the case upon request of Rosita Sarate, the victim’s mother, put the burden of responsibility on Ortiz and the others for Sarate’s death. Read story here.