by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
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:
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has called her temporary “detention” at the Hong Kong International Airport a form of bullying, after immigration officials barred her from entering the country for a few hours on Tuesday afternoon.
“Yes, that was bullying. How do you call it if that’s not bullying? I think someone came up with the theory that shocked and awe daw. Hindi naman ako nasho-shock; hindi naman ako naa-awe. Nabubwisit lang,” Morales told reporters upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at past 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Morales, along with her family, arrived in Hong Kong airport at 12:20 p.m. for a vacation. Her husband, son, daughter-in-law and her grandchildren were allowed entry but Morales was stopped by immigration officials.
Philippine Deputy Consul General Germinia Aguilar-Usudan said the Hong Kong Immigration office did not provide the exact reason why Morales was barred entry.
“For the reason why she was not allowed immediate entry to Hong Kong, we were not given any reason by the immigration office,” she told UNTV News and Rescue in an interview.
According to Morales, Hong Kong authorities told her she was being detained for “immigration reasons,” but refused to explain the grounds.
“They did not tell me anything about it. I was insisting they give me the ground. They said nothing,” she said.
Morales said that during her brief detention, she was asked by Hong Kong Immigration officials to sign a document but she refused to do so because parts of it were blanks.
“I read it and then it said ‘detention,’ and of course, the detention I was thinking of was behind bars,” she added.
With the help of Philippine Consulate officials, the former Ombudsman was eventually allowed entry at around 3 p.m. but she decided to just take the flight back to the Philippines.
“I was disappointed not because I was not allowed entry but because I was deprived of the opportunity to see my grandchildren enjoy their vacation in Hong Kong,” she said.
In March, Morales along with former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, filed a complaint of crimes against humanity against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for purportedly damaging the resources at the disputed territory in West Philippine Sea through China’s ongoing reclamation activities in the area.
Morales said the incident at Hong Kong airport on Tuesday afternoon has further strengthened her resolve to proceed with the complaint she filed before the ICC.
Although she has yet to determine her next steps, Morales has vowed to remain resolute at speaking against Chinese policies despite the friendlier stance that the current administration has taken towards China. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, December 24th, 2018
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)
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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