Boys will be boys? Mother of Ateneo student apologizes in behalf of her son’s actions

Mothers will always have their children’s back. However, when it comes to their sons or daughters making mistakes, a mother’s job is never to condone bad behavior but correct them. Yesterday, as of writing, the mother of the notorious Ateneo student apologized on television on behalf of her son’s violent encounters.

Through an interview with 24 Oras, the mother tried to explain and defend her son, which is honestly what most mothers would do. Besides her, the disgraced Atenean himself was able to speak up and explain his side of the story.

During the entire course of the interview, the faces of both the mother and son were blurred, their identities were also undisclosed. However, If you are an active social media user and have seen the videos, you would know the name and the face of this student. In their interview, the mother expressed:

I would like to apologize for the action of my son. Sa nasaktan niya, sa school na na-drag man ang school sa isyu na ‘to. I apologize pero gusto ko ring hingin yung undertsanding ng tao na bata itong anak ko eh.

Furthermore, Arnold Clavio gave the accused the opportunity to explain himself and his actions. According to his statement, what people saw on the video was only half of what really happened, he claimed that it was really self-defense. He said:

I was just defending myself. Hindi naman ako nam-[redacted] for no reason. Para sa akin, hindi naman [redacted] ‘yung ginawa ko because I was also defending myself naman eh, in a way. Kaso nga lang in the video, mukhang ako talaga ‘yung mas aggressive.

He also shared that prior to the content of the video inside the school’s comfort room, he and the other student already had an encounter. He said that the other boy challenged him to a fist fight and somehow, he lost his temper. With the other videos, he explained that he only had a slight misunderstanding with his friend. He stated that after the “brawl” he and his friend patched things up.

With everything that went viral on social media about this young boy and his official statement now, who will the people start believing? And, when will the so-called victim in the video give their own statement regarding the issue? “24 Oras’” Mel Tiangco stated that they are doing the best they can to get statements from the other students so until then, the statements from the mother and her son are all we have.

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Posted by 24 Oras on Wednesday, January 9, 2019