Mere allegation is not evidence and is not equivalent to proof.

While SSC believes that the foregoing constitutes substantial evidence of Teresa’s amorous relationship, we, however, find otherwise.  It is not hard to see that Estelita’s claim of Teresa’s cohabitation with a married man is a mere allegation without proof.  Likewise, the interviews conducted by SSS revealed rumors only that Teresa had an affair with a certain police officer.  Notably, not one from those interviewed confirmed that such an affair indeed existed. “The basic rule is that mere allegation is not evidence and is not equivalent to proof. Charges based on mere suspicion and speculation likewise cannot be given credence.”[26] “Mere uncorroborated hearsay or rumor does not constitute substantial evidence.”[27]  Remarkably, the Memorandum itself stated that there is not enough proof to establish Teresa’s alleged relationship with another man since they did not live as husband and wife.

About Erineus

Born on December 28, 1965, Surallah, South Cotabato, Southern Mindanao, Philippines.
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