Almost a month after the Ateneo Junior High School Student maltreatment incident went viral, the infamous student and his mother issued a public apology. Through an interview with Arnold Clavio on “24 Oras” aired last January 9, they explained their side regarding the incident.
The mother of the student apologized and sought for understanding from the public.
“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.”
“Pero gusto ko ring hingin yung understanding ng tao na bata ‘tong anak ko eh.”
Moreover, the involved student denied being the instigator of the incident. According to him, his aggressive actions were the result of self-defense.
“I was also defending myself naman eh, in a way. Kaso nga lang in the video, mukhang ako talaga ‘yung mas aggressive.”
Instead of putting out the fire, their public apology received immense backlash not only from netizens but also from celebrities.
Comedian Ogie Diaz expressed his disappointment for the self-defense claim.
“Sana, mommy, anak… sana nag-apologize na lang kayo at nangakong hindi na ito mauulit kesa sabihin [redacted] na dinepensahan lang niya ang sarili niya.”
Meanwhile, fellow celebrities also dropped their sentiments under the comment section of Ogie’s post. Actress Ynez Veneracion pointed out the lack of sincerity in their statement.
“Hindi ko naramdaman ang sincerity ng pag a apologize ng nanay. Medyo mayabang pa ang tono… So pag ginaya sya ng ibang mga bata dapat hayaan na lang dahil bata?”
She also called out the mother for failing to instill discipline to the child.
“Kung maganda ang pagpapalaki nyo dyan hindi yan magiging ganyan! Kitang kita na hindi nyo na-disiplina ng maayos ang anak nyo!”
Former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Fourth Pagotan also voiced out his dismay over the apology.
“Yung ina kunsintidor ang dating… halatang may attitude din.”
Writer and director Joey Javier Reyes also made a short yet straight to the point comment.
“The failure to see the mistake says it all.”
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