Albayalde: Someday, the bully student will find his match
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Monday said the Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS) student involved in a bullying incident would someday find his match.
In an interview after a gift-giving event in Malate, Manila, Albayalde said: “Well I hope someday, that person, that bully makakatugma din ‘yan, makakatapat din ‘yan, ‘yong mga bully na ganyan.”
According to the PNP chief — who was obviously infuriated with the viral video of a bullying incident showing a Taekwondo black-belter punching and kicking a fellow student — said that during their time, kids would settle things squarely “at the back of the gymnasium.”
“Well unang-unga tayong mga Pilipino, alam naman din natin na ayaw din naman tayo na binu-bully […] No’ng kami kasi mga bata hindi uso ‘yang bully. Kapag ikaw binu-bully ka doon tayo sa likod ng gymnasium tapos ang usapan, after that, sport lang,” Albayalde said.
“There’s no such thing as anti-bullying law during our time. Pero kayo, kung talagang may bully na ganyan, doon kayo sa likod ng gymnasium, doon nyo tapusin ‘yung problema n’yo,” he added.
Albayalde later clarified that he was reacting to the issue as a parent, whose nature was to protect his or her child.
“Itong bata, sabi ko nga may magulang ‘yang mga ‘yan. At tayong mga magulang, remember, lalong-lalo na tayong mga Pilipino, protective tayo sa ating mga anak,” he noted.
Albayalde then urged policy makers to bring back the Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) subject in the school curriculum, pointing out it can be dangerous for an individual and the society if such behavior would not be corrected.
“Sana itong mga bully na ito, turuan ng mga magulang ng good manners and right conduct. Ito rin isang siguro ang isang nakakalungkot kung bakit sa mga schools natin ay wala na ‘yong subject na GMRC,” he explained.
“Napakaimportante po nito. You could just imagine paglaki n’yan, kung ganyan pa rin ‘yan, eh baka mamaya maging pulis pa ‘yan hindi ba? Napakadelikado,” he added. /kga
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