THE Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday junked charges of qualified seduction filed against “Anak” composer, Freddie Aguilar for lack of evidence and legal personality of the complainants.
Assistant City Prosecutor Edgardo Saplala, in a resolution, cleared Aguilar of violation of the Anti-Child Abuse Act as the complainant “has no personal knowledge” whether Aguilar was having sexual manipulation with his teenage girlfriend or not.
Fernando Perito, a lawyer, earlier filed charges of qualified seduction against Aguilar for being “outraged, offended and scandalized by the sexual exhibition of the folk singer over when he came out to publicly announce his relationship with a 16-year-old girl at the time.
He said as a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, he had the moral obligation to sue Aguilar.
Perito, along with the other complainants, Peter Sesbreno and Cristine Joy Bangalisan, amended his complaint from qualified seduction to violation of anti-child abuse while corruption of minor charges were filed against the girl’s parents.
During the preliminary investigation of the case, Aguilar and the girl’s parents did not appear and submit their counter-affidavits despite due notice.
Bur Saplala received an affidavit of desistance dated Dec. 31, 2013, executed and signed by complainant Sesbreno.
“Their (complainants) allegations were clearly based on surmises, gossips and speculations which in law are not evidence to support and provide leg to the instant cases filed against the respondents, to stand even a day in court,” the resolution said.