It’s hard to rest easy when you know communist front organisations are on the prowl for fresh blood in the Philippines’ school campuses. According to testimonies in a recent Senate hearing, much of this recruitment happens outside of that tony circle of elite chi chi schools like the Ateneo de Manila and the De La Salle schools. It seems, these two schools have somehow remained relatively immune to the communist infestation ravaging other institutions of learning. One wonders if there is something about security guidelines in those two schools that sets them apart from all the rest.
Why, for example, is there no Anakbayan chapter at the Ateneo? Interestingly, enough, there is one operating at the De La Salle University. Does this mean the Ateneo, on account of not having an Anakbayan infestation, is even more chi chi than DLSU? On Facebook, Anakbayan DLSU calls itself Anakbayan Vito Cruz — perhaps to assert coverage of its operatives over both DLSU and St Scholastica’s College (a school known, not surprisingly, for its militant student body) on the other side of Taft Avenue.
Could it be that parents of Ateneans exert more pressure on school administrators to ensure their kids are safe from communist recruitment? Note this chilling excerpt from the About page of Anakbayan Vito Cruz describing their organisation as being “open to all Filipino youths (ages 13-35 yrs. old) as long as they are willing to actively uphold the Program of the Organization.”
From thirteen years old. It seems Anakbayan include minors in their recruitment operations. These are then expected to “uphold the Program of the Organization”. Nowhere in its About page (as of this writing) does it require parental consent when it comes to its regard for minors. Chilling indeed. Kudos to the exceptional foresight of the administration of the Ateneo for locating its campus far away from the epicentre of militantism at Manila’s “University Belt” and, seemingly, applying strict guidelines around the types of organisations allowed to operate within it.
So let us get this straight. After endangering the lives of thousands of Filipinos and destroying private property using military resources he was entrusted with, the two chi-chiest universities of Katipunan Road are now rewarding former “senator” Antonio Trillanes with a plum teaching job. That’s according to recent news reports…
Trillanes said that he would be teaching public policy at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and a yet to be determined class at the Ateneo de Manila University.
The senator said he would be living a “more relaxed life” as an academic, compared to being a senator who was a stanch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.
One wonders what sort of stuff Trillanes will be teaching at the Ateneo. Rabid Yellowtardism 101? I don’t think Ateneans need to be lectured on an ideology they already live and breathe — more so considering just one unit at the Ateneo attracts enough fees to feed a small Filipino family for one month. But then that’s pretty much the key subject Trillanes is qualified to teach!
Chalk one up for perverse selective credentialism on exhibit today in the academe of the Katipunan. Hiring a convicted felon into the faculty of these esteemed institutions of learning would have been funny if it weren’t so disturbingly ironic.
Star whistleblower Peter Joemel Advincula, a.k.a. “Bikoy” flagged officials of chi chi Jesuit school Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) as possible accomplices in alleged ouster plots against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
In his sworn statement to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Advincula reportedly related how he had access to key ADMU facilities presumably at the time the plot was being hatched…
The 30-year-old ex-convict said he still had the keys to Bahay Dagani in Ateneo de Manila Residence and a house in Dela Costa Homes in Marikina City, and the access card to a unit in The Grove Residences in Pasig City where he was given sanctuary by the Jesuit priests and opposition supporters.
Advincula also cited as evidence text messages with a certain “Fr. Albert Alejo of Ateneo de Manila University.” A statement released by Alejo on the website Philippine Jesuits was rich in citing his academic credentials but was utterly lacking in any information or arguments to support his supposed denial of any involvement in said ouster plot. Indeed, scratch that last one, Alejo’s statement did not mention any explicit denial of involvement at all!
At what level of the ADMU management hierarchy does the endorsement of an illegal change in leadership begin? The fact of Advincula’s attest to such astounding access to ADMU facilities begs a deeper investigation into the matter.
The Ateneo administration finally released an “official” decision on the bullying case of Taekwondo champ Joaquin Montesa. The letter was signed by its president Fr. Jett Villarin and published on Twitter…
The question is, was it appropriate to add hashtags to what one would have thought is an official document issued by the institution?
This further stokes speculation that the Ateneo had been managing this incident more as a PR management exercise than a truly administrative case that observers are expecting of the school.
A bit more sobriety and circumspect is expected of an upstanding institution such as that of the Ateneo de Manila University.
This is the right thing to do. According to a Manila Timesreport, parents of the victim of Ateneo Taekwondo champ Joaquin Montes’s alleged bullying are taking appropriate steps…
The victim’s parents accompanied their child to the Quezon City Anonas Police Station where they filed a report of the incident, Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel told The Manila Times.
The Ateneo has lost the confidence of the public as far as dealing with entrenched bullying within its student body goes. Statements the Ateneo administration had released following the explosion of this incident over social media are perceived by many observers to be mere efforts at damage control and no more than public relations management measures.
Indeed, in essence, the Ateneo administration is not a disinterested party in any “investigation” surrounding this case — because it is a party essentially investigating itself and, potentially, parties of interest that it is financially involved with.
As such, it is good that the aggrieved parties have taken the matter to state authorities and have initiated the process properly by taking the first important step — filing a police report. An incident that can be considered to be a case of assault is quite evident in the videos that have, rightly or wrongly, now become part of the public domain. The only way forward is to move forward from there.
You have to wonder what is it about the school that produces sociopathic behaviour.
Some say the name of the bully from the Ateneo should be withheld because he has a right to privacy. Well, he forfeited that right after he willingly allowed someone to video himself beating another kid. He knew that video was going to go public but didn’t have a problem with it.
So, my dear yellows, prove that you can discipline your own ranks and fix the bullying problem in Ateneo before you try and fix others who think you never had any credibility in the first place. It‘s hard to take you seriously when you tolerate appalling behaviour from your own members.
I can’t get over how the yellows ride on every issue to take a dig at Duterte. It makes them look pathetic. They are scraping the bottom of the barrel.
This is the bukang bibig of Yellowtardom today. People are not allowed to express outrage over the viral bullying video of Ateneo Taekwondo champ Joaquin Montes if they are “silent” on “the bigger bully in Malacanang”.
Well, golly gee. It seems to fly over the pointed heads of Yellowtard “influencers” that this is the sort of attitude that lost them an entire nation in 2016 to begin with.
The fact is, ordinary people can relate with the image of kids bullying and being bullied in a video. The idea of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte being a “national bully” is a mere abstract concept and a notion that, as we see today, is failing to resonate with the broader public.
See, this is why the Yellowtards are a liability to the Philippine Opposition. They are utter failures at reading the pulse of the public and, as a consequence, consistently fail at even the most basic of public relations measures.
This latest outrage fad and their response to it only serves to isolate them even further and set the Opposition even further off course from their goal of winning elections. The Opposition should cut their losses. They should do themselves a favour and ditch the Yellowtards once and for all.
Did you see how that Ateneo bully was fixing his hair before he beat the other kid? He was showing signs of narcissistic and psychopathic behaviour.
To be fair, Joaquin Montes, the bully from Ateneo knew his Taekawondo moves, but he shouldn’t be using them against kids who can’t fight back. He should only be using them for self-defence, not for hurting others who aren’t even provoking him.
But is Joaquin Montes into boys? Why did he threaten to make the other kid kiss his privates? The way I understand it, heterosexuals are not into that. Plus he seems to be frustrated about something and is taking it out on other boys. He could use some professional therapy.
If you are against bullying, then you should be against all bullies and acts of bullying. You don’t even realise you are also a bully for associating every issue with Duterte.
Let me see, a lot of yellows are from Ateneo. A lot of bad things are coming out about Ateneo lately and exposing the ugly system that breeds sociopaths. The school seems to be producing a lot of people lacking in empathy and are too full of themselves. Yellows + Ateneo = Losers!
Yellows cannot accept their beloved Ateneo produced a monster. They can’t admit the school’s system is broken. They still think it is the bastion of goodness. The faculty is a disgrace for turning a blind eye even after the bullying was said to have been reported earlier on.
The people need to demand that Ateneo remove that bully from their school. Parents who care about their kids should not stay quiet about this incident. Speaking up is not “shaming” the bully. It is showing that bullying will not be tolerated.
According to a post on the Facebook group Atenista, the victim of Ateneo Taekwondo champ Joaquin Montes suffered worse injuries than could be gleaned from the now-viral video that made him infamous.
“The victim is now in the hospital. He suffered multiple nose fractures and requires surgery. 2 days na pala since the incident happened. The victim apparently hid the incident from his parents because of fear. The victim explained that it was just a basketball accident. But because the viral video came out yesterday, it was only recently na nagpunta sa hospital.
“I am posting this so that we as members of Atenista might get a picture of the deeper physical damage suffered by the victim. He suffered in silence because of fear. Now there is also emotional and psychological damage.
“Is he the only victim? Can the other victims please also speak up and come out?”
It is disturbing that bullying victims fear telling even their parents about their plight. Is this a sign of a really deep social problem afflicting elite private schools that we are only beginning to understand?