PNP wants to help in Ateneo bullying investigation

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 21 2018 04:59 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday it would like to help in the investigation of a bullying incident at the Ateneo de Manila University Junior High School.

A video of the incident, which shows a student challenging his schoolmate to a fight in a comfort room, has been making rounds on social media.

PNP deputy spokesperson Supt. Kim Molitas said they need the report to identify how the police could help. 

"We do hope that there would be coordination the soonest possible time para makita ho natin kung ano pwede natin maitulong (so we can see how we can help)," she told reporters. 

Molitas said that by law, it is Ateneo’s job to inform authorities of the incident as provided under the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013. 

“Remember, these are children at gusto natin hindi na maulit or mabigyan ng tamang intervention 'yung incident na 'yun para hindi na maulit pa at hindi na mangyari sa ibang bata," she explained.

(Remember, these are children and we don't want it to happen again and we want to provide the right intervention so that this incident would not happen to other children.)

The Ateneo de Manila University Junior High School on Thursday said it was investigating the incident.

The PNP also encouraged students and parents to report any bullying incident in schools. 

"Huwag matakot to report kung nabu-bully sila sa kanilang mga school administrators para maaksiyonan at mabigyan sila ng kaukulang tulong ng school administrator and, if needed, ng ating law enforcers," Molitas said.

(Don't be afraid to report bullying cases to school administrators for action and help from the school and, if needed, law enforcers.)

In the meantime, the PNP will allow the Ateneo to conduct its own initial probe.

“I think we have to allow the independence of the school administration to do the process or do the initial investigation," Molitas said.