Former DILG Secretary Slams Facebook for Blocking His Post Regarding Ateneo Bully Joaquin Montes

Former DILG Secretary Rafael Alunan slammed Facebook Philippines for allegedly blocking his post regarding the controversial Ateneo bully Joaquin Montes. Facebook explained that the post made by Alunan regarding the Ateneo bully was against its community standards.


The senatorial bet explained that his post that reads "Spare the rod and spoil the child. The bully clearly has psycho-emotional issues. Interventions should have been applied immediately after the first incident to discipline the bully and prevent future bullying. Because of the lack of it, this bully reportedly hurt more victims," is just a simple reminder of the affects of bullying.



Raffy Alunan also noted that the behavior of Montes showed evidence of an emotionally disturbed student that has givevn the Philippine Taekwondo Association, to whichhe is part, a bad name apart from the damage to his school's carefully sculpted image and reputation.

The veteran public servant also warned the PTA that the gesture of Montes is a sign of a serial bully and if he is not properly counseled, disciplined and straightened out today, he will be tomorrow's crime story.

Here's the Complete Statement of Ex-DILG Sec. Raffy Alunan:

Facebook blocked my post concerning an Ateneo junior high bully that had beaten up a schoolmate using his Taekwondo skills, based on a GMA7 televised news report that I saw on YouTube. Facebook said my post was against its community standards. This is what I posted:

“Spare the rod and spoil the child. The bully clearly has psycho-emotional issues. Interventions should have been applied immediately after the first incident to discipline the bully and prevent future bullying. Because of the lack of it, this bully reportedly hurt more victims.



This emotionally disturbed student has given the Philippine Taekwondo Association, of which I am a part, a bad name apart from the damage to his school’s carefully sculpted image and reputation. His school better act on this fast before he hurts other students.”

The GMA7 televised newscast was the main attachment.

After I posted that, I received from another source a collage of 4 videos of the same bully hurting and/or intimidating other fellow students. That, too, was taken down.

In both posts, I issued other comments calling for tough action by the school and the Philippine Taekwondo Association as may be warranted. Clearly, this boy is a serial bully. If he is not properly counseled, disciplined and straightened out today, he will be tomorrow’s crime story.



Why then did Facebook Philippines block me? What basis did they have to do so when my post had everything to do with values application by both the school, the student and his parents? What community standards were violated by my post?

As President of the Philippine Taekwondo Foundation, I was disturbed by this bully’s behavior which is contrary to the sport’s tenets of serenity, modesty, restraint, prudence, circumspection and self-defense.

As Trustee or Chair of various educational institutions in the past, I was shocked that no action had been taken by Ateneo against this little goon until the news about him went viral yesterday.

As a grandparent and parent, I searched for responsible parenthood in all those occasions. What did the parents do to stop it?

As a public figure, I stood up for the victims of this bully’s violent ways and condemned his wrongdoing. It is my moral obligation and civic duty to do so.



Which is why I’m incensed at Facebook Philippines for blocking my post and saying that I violated its community standards. It is I who has been violated and insulted beyond belief. It is ethics and social responsibility that have been unjustly violated by its warped mentality.

It has no right to censor nor impose its unknown standards on law-abiding citizens like me that are working for the return of ethical conduct in everyday life.

What it has done is totalitarian in nature. Zero due diligence. Zero due process. Block now, review later, if at all. It is tantamount to protecting the bully by engaging in bullying behavior itself. Is Facebook Philippines infected by empowered sick hearts and minds?

It has no moral standing to do so given the many charges of irresponsibility and wrongdoing hurled against it in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world.

This cannot, will not, pass.

Source: Rafael Alunan III FB Page

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