Senate probe on bullying in schools pushed by Santiago



Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Wednesday asked the Senate to conduct an investigation into the reported bullying in schools and come up with necessary legislation to address the problem.

In Senate Resolution 879, Santiago cited the case of Jamie Garcia, a student of Colegio de San Agustin, who has been allegedly a victim of bullying by another student identified as JB Bantiles.

According to reports, Garcia’s butt and genitals were often poked by Bantiles and another classmate.

But when Garcia could no longer take the bullying, he reportedly stabbed one of his tormentors with a ball pen and punched JB in the face.

“Although legal remedies are available to victims of bullying, such do not effectively curtail the rise of incidents of bullying in schools,” the resolution said.

Congress, it said, should then create preventive measures to address bullying inside campuses, “taking into account that the victims and the bullies are usually minors.”

“Schools should create a policy to address the existence of bullying in their respective institutions; such a policy should implement a process for addressing incidents of bullying in school and provide remedies that will allow parents or guardians of students to file written reports of suspected bullying,” it said.

“In addition, school administrators should be mandated to act immediately on anonymous reports of bullying to ascertain the truth of such reports and take steps to stop such acts of bullying,” the resolution added.

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  • marionics

    nung panahon namin may bullying din peru nung lumaki na ako pinalagan ko na ang mga bully tapos tupe naman sila he he

    • otire

      ako the next day na bully sa akin , ginawa kung black ung right eye nya . tapos noon tumigil na.

      • marionics

        pero actually later on e kinakaibigan ko na din yung mga bully kasi actually they were just victims of a bad home environment and i showed them that reform was their best option he he

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       ganyan talaga ang mga guardya civil, matapang lang pag marami silang mga bully.

      joke joke joke.

      wag magalit, just reply in kind. lol.

      • marionics

        i don’t get it

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        was implying your bullies were the guardia civil who were roaming manila on your era. a quip to imply your advancing age.

        failed? ah, my bad.

      • marionics

        ooooh. ok. i thought it was a code for something he he. dehin na naman ako ganun katanda chong. let’s just say na dinuduyan ako ng akin mahal na ina noon sa awit na borderline hehehe

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        oh my. never would i have thought…

        well, you are wise beyond your years.

      • marionics

        well i kinda exaggerated a bit. dumuduyan ako sa  awit na borderline, meaning i was swinging to borderline hahaha

  • JoseAndresApolinario_josandpol

    Miriam is a bully herself. She has no moral basis asking for an investigation.

  • kilabot

    how about bullying in govt, miriam? hint: noykapon.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       at railroading.

  • Gerald Abueva

    Oops, patay si babalu cojuangco. the bullies’ parents have been dropping his name whenever threatened with police arrest or lawsuit. even the school and the Agustinian friars had to look the other way. as it turns out, the problem of bullying has been going on for years now and apparently waved away with the drop of a powerful name. not bad for a school for the rich and powerful. at least the students get to be schooled on survival techniques early on in life. might come in handy when they get into the dog-eat-dog world of politics later on.

  • $31594090

    Ms.Santiago is doing a good job. I hope she rans for President. If so, I’ll apply for a dual citizenship.

    I have seen bullys in schools were I grew up. Lucky me, I have not been bullied. Some tried but ended up fighting with me. I am the type that like to protect the weak.

  • jose_guev

    sana noon mo pa ito ginawa, miriam…. hindi pa rin kita iboboto

    • mikeyspetshow

      For ur information sen. Miriam is not running anymore, she still have 3 years more in the senate but she might resign in the senate for icc post next year.

      • jose_guev

        alam ko na she is not running… just saying hindi ko pa rin sya iboboto in the future, should she decide to run again

  • joboni96

    copy and paste na naman ito
    sa kulturang u.s.

    kasama yan sa paglaki at
    pagpapatigas sa mga bata
    suporta lang ng mga magulang
    at mga kaibigan

    kung di ba naman kinapon pa ang
    disciplinary powers ng mga guro
    copy and paste pa rin
    sa kulturang u.s.

    the saga of the
    kolonisadong utak
    na ewan ko kong pilipino pa

  • migratorus

    Bullying will subject the student for expulsion… And this should be strongly emphasize once the school openning starts.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


      i believe it is just geography.

      i mean it just transfers the bully to another place, not that it may totally eradicate the problem. therapy too, perhaps.

  • Fayha

    ako dati binubully rin ako nang kaklase ko,pero nung hinabol ko nang pa saksakin,mula nun hinde na nya pinakialaman..

  • Diepor

    What is the point of identifying the students in this story ?

  • vilmavee

    My son used to ask me if a personal bodyguard can scare the school bullies away who poked irritating and insulting acts on him coupled with threats to harm him should be tell on them. Somehow, he managed to elude them and made sure he was in the company of friends during breaks. I am glad that he was not scarred by these bad boys. But that was then. Nowadays, extortion is also one of the bullies’ agenda. Schools’ authorities know that bullies has always been around yet they chose not to take cognizance of it or deal with it. Sen. Miriam’s move may well make the school authorities tackle this problem head on once and for all.

  • Platypus09

    This is not a bad idea.

    But I will not support this unless she can show us real STATISTICS that it is real bad out there in our schools and is affecting so many students in so many ways, which I doubt for now.

    This is another churning the pot when it is not time yet. It is not even boiling yet.

  • boybakal

    Why Senate investigation?
    Bully is part of growing up. Kids are kids, mischievous and playful. Asaran, tudyuhan because they are kids. But they will outgrow it.
    We were once bully and bullied.
    Schools have a system on  bully…detention, suspension, parents invited or repeat as grade one.
    What is new on this bully?

    Why not go after old bully, those that are in government. They are no.1 bully especially on sick, old senior citizen, woman.
    Bully that won’t grow old is abusive.

  • Peter L

    Bullying should not be a part of the growing up of a kid. It is a negative behavior and children must be educated not to hurt others emotionally and physically. The bully will continue to do such even when he is a grown-up simply because he grew up that way. We can see that even in the street even in traffic incidents. Bullying could be minimized if rules and regulations are in place in schools and offices, coupled with proper orientation. Sen. Miriam is correct that laws should be passed so that institutions will enforce it not only schools but everywhere. As Christians, we should train our children to love our neighbors as ourselves.     

  • Love God

    I support 100% to a LAW that could stop the bullying in schools and colleges.
    Disciplinary actions and termination from school must be implemented to give some fear among the would be bullies.
    Fraternities should be banned from campuses to avoid torture and death.

    They do no good except trouble. Kids should go to school to study not to bully or do harm  to others.

  • Joseph St John

    I commend Sen. M. Santiago for urging congress to pass laws against bullying in schools. I also urge school administrators to make bullying a case for dismissal.

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