Lawyer explains Ateneo 'bully' cannot claim self-defense: 'maaari lang depensahan ang sarili kung at that time sinasapak ka din'



Compiled photo of Ateneo bullying incident and Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles from Google (ctto)


The mother of Ateneo’s junior high school student who was caught in a video physically and verbally attacking a schoolmate has issued an apology on Wednesday, saying that their family was ‘devastated’ by the said incident.

The social media went on fire after the video spread online before the end of 2018, which ignited outraged from netizens and pressured Ateneo de Manila University to dismiss the bully student.



In a report by GMA News, the student and his mother — whose faces were blurred on national television — apologized for the incident.

In a report by GMA News, the student and his mother — whose faces were blurred on national television — apologized for the incident.

"I would like to apologize for the action of my son. Sa nasaktan niya, sa school kung na-drag man ang school sa isyu na 'to, I apologize (To those who were hurt by my son, to the school if ever it was dragged to the issue, I apologize)" the mother said.

"Pero gusto ko ring hingin yung understanding ng tao na bata itong anak ko eh (But I also want to ask for people’s understanding because my son is a minor)," she added.

And when asked for his explanation, the Grade Nine student said that he only acted in self-defense but also regretted what he did.

“I just wish na hindi sinabi ‘yong mga sinabi nila in the first place. ‘Yong sinasabi nila na inatake ko daw sa bathroom ‘yong guy, eh sabay nga kami pumasok. I was just defending myself, hindi naman ako nambu-bully for no reason eh,” the boy said

“Para saken hindi naman bullying ‘yong ginawa ko because I was also defending myself naman in a way. Kaso nga lang, in the video, mukhang ako talaga ‘yong mas aggressive. Pero before that di naman nila alam kung ano ‘yong nangyari ,” he added.

However, the apology still drew flak among the netizens and did not believe that it was ‘self-defense.’

Meanwhile, lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles also did not buy the reasoning of the teenager and went on to explain why it could not be considered as self-defense.

On her Facebook post, Cruz-Angeles said:

Two weeks from the time Ateneo dismissed The Bully, eto na ang side nila, base sa interview na isinagawa ni Arnold Clavio.

Boiled down to basics, ayon sa interview, kasalanan daw ng victim. Sya daw ang nauna. At self defense daw ito.

Eto problema. Ang self defense po ay immediate. Meaning maaari mo lang sabihing dinidepensahan mo sarili mo at the time of the aggression. Kung tapos na ang aggression at saka ka nanapak, that is another act of aggression.

Para maging katanggap tanggap na self defense yan, kailangan ipakita ni Bully na nanapak sya dahil at the time, sinasapak sya.




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