Army officer in ‘sex scandal’ case dropped from the service

A senior Army officer, who has catapulted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to its first publicly known “sex scandal”, has been dropped from the service by the military, but on other cases.

Col. Jessie Mario Dosado has been dismissed from the service since last year, even before he was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman with sexual harassment before the Sandiganbayan, according to the Army.

“He was dismissed since last year, so all of his benefits…are now forfeited. Now his case in the Sandiganbayan is still ongoing, but his dismissal was caused by other cases and was implemented by the AFP,”Army Spokesman Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson said.

Dosado is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1985, which also counts military Spokesman Maj. Gen. Restituto F. Padilla, newly designated Army commander Maj. Gen. Rolando D. Bautista and Western Mindanao Command Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. as members.

Galvez is among the contenders to replace retiring Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo M. Año.

Other prominent members of the class are Northern Luzon Command commander Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, Western Command Maj. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar and PNP Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario.

Tiongson said the military separated Dosado from the service as ordered by the Ombudsman for usurpation of official functions, dishonesty, gross negligence and gross misconduct, with the dismissal order served on February 10, 2016. “The Army does not hold him anymore, since he was already dismissed from the service,” Tiongson added.

Last week the Ombudsman filed three counts of violation of the Republic Act 7877, or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, before the anti-graft court, arising from alleged sexual acts that were committed in 2013.

According to the Ombudsman, Dosado allegedly committed the alleged acts while he was the commander of the Army Procurement Center in May 2013.

The Ombudsman claimed Dosado asked a female subordinate with the rank of master sergeant to watch him perform sexual acts with a certain Miss Glacy before asking her to “join them in an orgy”.

On October 22, 2013, Dosado, then assistant chief of the Philippine Army Staff of Logistics office, has also allegedly ordered his lady secretary to wipe his back and give him a bath while he was naked.

The sexual advances were supposedly repeated on October 25, 2013, when Dosado allegedly ordered the same secretary to apply lotion on his genitals and asked her how she feels about seeing him naked.

The military leadership highly reveres discipline and it does not hesitate to punish members who goes against this conduct.