Ateneo de Manila University has released a statement revealing the punishment it has decided to impose its junior high school Joaquin Montes for bullying other students in school. On December 23, 2018, the school took to Facebook to explain the decision.
“After a thorough investigation that included listening to all parties involved, the decision of the administration is to impose the penalty of DISMISSAL on the student caught bullying another student in the comfort room of the school,” Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ said in the statement. “This means that he is no longer allowed to come back to the Ateneo.”
Apparently, Montes will be punished only for one incident of bullying. There were other videos of him bullying other victims but were not mentioned in the statement.
Senator Sonny Angara noticed that only one bullying incident was dealt with. He took to Twitter to ask Villarin to also act on the other incidents.
What made the bullying videos even more controversial is the fact that Montes is a taekwondo practitioner. He won a gold medal in sparring during the Quezon City Athletic Association (QCAA) Championships on November 30, 2016, according to the Ateneo de Manila University website.
Montes has an older brother named Diego Montes who is also a taekwondo practitioner studying at the Ateneo de Manila University. The latter won a gold medal for the -63 kg welterweight category in the Quezon City New Face Taekwondo championship held at Fisher Mall in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, according to the school’s website.
It is Villarin’s responsibility to implement and oversee the school’s anti-bullying policy, according to the Republic Act 10627. Also known as the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, which was signed into law by former President Benigno Aquino III on September 6, 2013, the law requires all Philippine elementary and secondary schools to adopt an anti-bullying policy and provide students and their parents or guardians a copy of the policy.
Meanwhile, here is a commentary about the bullying controversy from Ben Tulfo: