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Ateneo dismisses bully student in viral video

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Sunday, 23 December 2018 07:39 PM

A screenshot from an uploaded bullying video online in an Ateneo de Manila campus toilet room.


 MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo de Manila University president Jose Ramon Villarin on Sunday (December 23) released the school’s decision on its investigation on the bullying incident caught on viral video that caused outrage on social media.

In his statement posted on Ateneo de Manila University’s Facebook page on Sunday, Villarin said: “After a thorough investigation that included listening to all parties involved, the decision of the administration is to impose the penalty of DISMISSAL on the student caught bullying another student in the comfort room of the school.”

Villarin added that the school has created a task force to “conduct a comprehensive study” and “ensure an independent audit” of its anti-bullying policies and measures in order to eventually recommend policies that would create a “safer and bully-free environment”.

Villarin, however, appealed to the public to help heal the wounds by not spreading the video and refrain from making bad comments online or bullying the bully on social media.

“We can summon the courage to stop fighting one another. We have the power too. We can begin by refusing to add fuel to the fire and helping our children and one another heal,” he said.

By dismissal, Villarin said the bully student is no longer allowed to come back to study in the Ateneo de Manila University. – Marje Pelayo

Read Ateneo de Manila University president Jose Ramon Villarin’s full statement:


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DSWD to create module on bullying to spread awareness among parents

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 24 December 2018 06:41 PM


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will use the agency’s existing programs to remind parents to constantly teach their children good values, proper social skills and respect to others so as not to become a bully.

This is in connection with the recent bullying controversy involving a junior high school student from the Ateneo de Manila University.

According to Secretary Rolando Bautista, they are planning to create a module on bullying which they intend to teach parent-beneficiaries of the agency’s programs such as the Sustainable Development Livelihood Program, Social Pension and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Through the said programs, the DSWD is able to constantly interact with parents.

“Ang discipline kasi ng bata nakikita sa pamilya. Kaya dapat na-i-enhance natin o ang pagtuunan ng pansin ng DSWD ay ma-strengthen ang family ties at mapag-usapan itong ill effect ng bullying,” Bautista explained.

Meanwhile, Rep. Rayl Hernandez of Kabayan Party List suggests that the DSWD to exercise its oversight power on the incident since there was physical violence involved.

“In case our laws on juvenile justice and child welfare is found applicable, then he should also be subjected to it. In which case, the relevant agencies, particularly the DSWD, should step in and exercise oversight over the case,” Hernandez said.

Bautista, in response, said they are willing to step in should their participation on the investigation is required.

“Kapag na-tap ang DSWD, then why not,” the DSWD Secretary concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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Father of minor in bullying video, not a cop – PNP chief

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 24 December 2018 05:01 PM

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines — The father of the junior high school student bullying his fellow student in a viral video is not a policeman.

This was confirmed by PNP chief Oscar Albayade in reaction to news reports alleging that the minor’s dad is a member of the Philippine National Police.

“May ikinakalat sila na ang ama daw ay pulis. Hindi po totoo na ang father noong bully na iyon ay pulis. I hope someday, that
person, that bully makakatugma din  iyan. Makakatapat din iyan ng mga bully na ganyan,” said Albayalde.

The PNP chief said that they have not received any formal complaints from the families of the bully’s victims.

However, one of victims has already filed a blotter in a police station in Quezon City.

Albayalde ordered the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to investigate on how did the bully’s social media accounts has reached to 75. — UNTV News & Rescue



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Taekwondo jin in viral bullying video suspended indefinitely by PTA

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 24 December 2018 03:52 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) has imposed an indefinite suspension to the taekwondo jin involved in a viral bullying video of his fellow Ateneo de Manila University student.

Based on the official statement of PTA, the indefinite ban covers all Taekwondo activities.

The group said the student can be reinstated in the organization under a condition that he will undergo a supervised rehabilitation and counselling program.

The young practitioner, meanwhile, can be totally expelled from the association if he refused to undergo the process.

Amid the controversy, the PTA has appealed to the public to be mindful on commenting on the issue since it involves a minor. — UNTV News & Rescue

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