In an exclusive interview with GMA News, the Ateneo ‘bully’ and his mother issued a public apology, weeks after the bullying incident video has spread like fire online and drew outraged from the netizens.
“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,” the teenager’s mother said in an interview with Arnold Clavio yesterday.
“Pero gusto ko ring hingin yung understanding ng tao na bata ‘tong anak ko eh.” She added
Meanwhile, the student, who is now said to be undergoing counseling, asserted that he was only
defending himself from the other schoolmate.
“I was just defending myself, hindi naman ako nambu-bully (I don’t bully) for no reason eh.” He said
“Hindi enough na salita kasi yung malungkot, yung devastated, kulang yun eh to describe how we felt,” the mother further said.”
“Kasi nga parang pangarap ng mga magulang sa anak, yun yung pinutol nila sa amin.” She added
With this, some celebrities could not help but be disappointed with how the mother and son expressed themselves – some found it insincere.
“Sana, mommy, anak… sana nag-apologize na lang kayo at nangakong hindi na ito mauulit kesa sabihin ni bully-lit na dinepensahan lang niya ang sarili niya,” comedian, Ogie Diaz said on his Facebook post
Diaz also said that the family should not be mad to people who were judging them – after all, three separate videos surfaced online showing different instances of bullying involving the kid.
“Eh puro paghahamon ang ginawa ng batang yan sa tatlong videos, anong echos yang dinipensahan lang ang sarili?” Diaz said
“Sa ina naman, ayaw kitang sisihin, pero sana noon pa, na-guide nyo na nang tama ang anak nyo.
“Kahit kapiraso lang siguro ng guidance nyo, pwedeng maramdaman ng mga tao sa video, pero ako, wala akong na-feel, teh.” He added
Actress Ynez Veneracion also said she felt a lack of sincerity on the part of the mother’s apology.
“Hindi ko naramdaman ang sincerity ng pag-aapologize ng nanay. Medyo mayabang pa ang tono.” She said
“‘Pinoy Big Brother” alum Fourth Pagotan also criticized the attitude of the mother during the interview.
“Yung ina kunsintidor ang dating… halatang may attitude din” he said