Digos law professors resign en mass after sacking of dean
DIGOS CITY, Philippines — Law professors at the Cor Jesu College (CJC) resigned en masse after their dean was fired last week.
School president Brother Edgardo Escuril wrote law department dean Marcos Risonar on July 11 informing him that he would be replaced by Carlos Espero, who assumed the post two days later.
Risonar said he sent a letter to Escuril expressing his disappointment with the manner of his termination.
He said based on his contract, he should have been “informed in writing 30 days before this term appointment ends,” when the administration of the Catholic-run college decided whether or not to renew his appointment.
Risonar’s term started in June 2004 and ended last June 1.
Instead, he said the college terminated him in the middle of the semester.
He said he would hold CJC liable for damaging his reputation and his profession, and demanded a public apology from the college.
Rosalina Montejo, a former regional trial court judge and professor at the CJC, said Escuril’s move was illegal because “there was no notice as stated in the contract.”
Montejo said they would file a case before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and in court.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of INQUIRER.net, tried to talk to Escuril but his staff, in an SMS message, said the school president’s legal counsel advised him to refrain from giving interviews