Lea sa mga biktima ng bullying: Don’t be defenseless anymore

December 22, 2018
Lea Salonga

GAYA ng usaping depresyon, marami sa local celebrities ang aktibo ngayong nagbibigay ng opinyon tungkol kumalat na video ng bullying sa Ateneo de Manila University HS department.

Katunayan, ilan sa kanila, gaya ng aktor na si Xian Lim, umamin na at one point, sila man ay naging biktima rin ng pambu-bully.

Natural na para sa mga inang tulad ng Songbird na si Regine Velasquez ang mayamot sa inasal ng batang aggressor, lalo pa nga at papalaki at nag-aaral na rin ang unico hijo nila ni Ogie Alcasid na si Nate.

Pero ang isa sa may pinakamatinding take sa nasabing isyu ay ang international Pinay superstar na si Lea Salonga.

Gamit ang kanyang Facebook account, sinabi ng singer na, “There has been so much posted online regarding the bullying incident inside the boys’ rest room of the Ateneo de Manila junior high school.

“Plenty of inflamed netizens have reacted, and lamented the seeming indifference of school officials due to the supposed well-connectedness of this boy’s parents.

“I think we all agree that the school needs to take much swifter action with regards to this boy’s pattern of behavior (there are allegedly more victims, and more videos), as well as with this boy’s accomplices, and that the bully’s parents need to come down hard on their kid.

“On that, we have common ground.”

Pero, kambyo niya sa mga nagiging biktima ng bullying, “For the victims, here's one piece of advice: Don't be defenseless anymore. Parents, it might be a good idea to enroll your child in a self-defense class (aside from TKD, there's jiu jitsu and karate, as well as other forms of martial arts that might be fun as well as useful).

“So that when a little s*** bully tries to mess with your son or daughter, you're already ahead of the game. But never instigate; only defend.

“No parent should ever have to feel the terror the victims’ parents must feel, sending their beloved into what that child considers a place of dread rather than a hallowed hall of learning.”

Para naman sa mga namumuno ng Ateneo, ang naging fair warning ni Lea ay, “Yes, Ateneo de Manila. We are all watching.”

Samantala, nagbigay din ng pahayag ang taekwondo expert at congressman (1st district Makati City) na si Monsour del Rosario ukol sa insidente.

Sa opinyon ni Cong. Monsour, may dapat ding panagutan ang mga magulang ng HS student.

Aniya, “Yes, none of us are perfect -- we've all made our mistakes and should not judge people loosely.

“But to the parents of the bully, let's be very clear here, this is as firm a judgement that you will ever get from me: Your son is a failed representation of our beautiful sport.

“Every aspect of the viral video was hideous, weak, and unacceptable.

“Raise your children better. Let's all raise our children to be better. Let's raise our sons, particularly those in the martial arts to be good men.”