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As mom apologized, Ateneo ‘bully’ explains actions

The mother of the Ateneo junior high school student who was caught on at least three videos kicking and humiliating his fellow students has apologized to those whom he hurt and to the school.

According to Arnold Clavio's report on "24 Oras", the mother also asked for understanding.

"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," the mother said.

"I apologize pero gusto ko ring hingin yung understanding ng tao na bata itong anak ko eh," she added.

The Grade Nine student explained the video apparently taken inside a toilet, in which he was seen kicking and punching a taller but hapless student. He said acted in self-defense.

“I was just defending myself. Hindi naman ako nam-bully for no reason,” the kid said in an exclusive report by GMA News' Arnold Clavio aired over “24 Oras” on Wednesday.

"Para sa akin, hindi naman bullying '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 added.

The kid's claim was consistent with the statement of another student who also came forward to talk about the incident with GMA News' Clavio.

Asked if he is admitting that he did wrong, the kid aggressor in bullying videos responded by saying “Hindi dapat ako nag-react ng ganu'n ka-violent.”

“Nilalabas ko lang 'yung inis ko sa kanya kasi tapos na nga 'yung problema tapos hinamon mo pa ako nu'ng suntukan nu'ng last subject,” the kid said. —Llanesca T. Panti/NB, GMA News