Ateneo ‘bully’ claims self-defense, his mom apologizes
MANILA, Philippines — The student from Ateneo Junior High School in an alleged bullying video that went viral is claiming that his actions, where he appeared to assault a schoolmate inside a school comfort room, were in self-defense.
In a report from GMA News, the student said he was just defending himself, adding that it was the other student who provoked him into a fistfight.
“I was just defending myself. Hindi naman ako nambu-bully for no reason,” the student said.
(I was just defending myself. I do not bully for no reason.)
“Sabi niya gusto n’ya raw makipagsuntukan mamaya, sabi ko sige mamayang dismissal. So, nung dismissal nga yon, pumunta kami sa CR tapos umihi siya tapos nagsasalita ako tapos yung nangyari sa video,” he added.
(He said he wanted to fight. I said ‘Okay, later after dismissal.’ So, during dismissal, we went to the CR. He was urinating and I talked. Then the incident on the video happened.)
The student said that his actions were not “bullying” because he was just defending himself.
“Para sa akin, hindi naman bullying yung ginawa ko because I was also defending myself naman in a way,” he said.
(For me, I did not bully anyone because I was also defending myself in a way.)
“Kaso nga lang in the video, mukhang ako talaga yung mas aggressive, pero before that, hindi naman nila alam kung ano yung nangyari,” he added.
(In the video, however, it appeared that I was more aggressive. But before that, people don’t know what happened.)
In the viral video, the alleged bully could be heard asking his schoolmate: “Bugbog o dignidad? (Assault or dignity?),” prodding the other student to choose.
Moments later, the alleged bully removed his ID and walked up to the person shooting the video. He could be seen and heard saying: “Kung pinili niya yung dignidad, papaluhurin ko siya, hahalikan niya yung dalawa kong sapatos pero gusto niya bugbog (Because if he chose dignity, I will make him kneel, and he will kiss my shoes but he wanted to be beaten up.).”
Almost immediately thereafter, the student started assaulting the victim.
In his conversation with GMA, the alleged bully said he regretted his “violent” behavior.
“‘Di dapat ako nagreact nang ganoon ka-violent,” he said.
(I should not have reacted in a violent way.)
The mother of the student apologized for the incident.
“I would like to apologize for the action of my son, sa nasaktan nya, sa school, kung na-drag man ang school sa issue na ‘to, I apologize,” the mother said.
“Pero gusto ko ring hingin yung understanding ng tao na bata ‘tong anak ko eh,” she added.
(I ask for people’s understanding for my son who is only a child.)
Last December, the Ateneo de Manila University dismissed the student involved in the bullying incident. /cbb
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