Making fun of other people because of their physical appearance, disability, or social status is only done by twisted-minds who do not know the meaning of the word respect.
Regardless of the person’s appearance and status in life, we should still treat them with the utmost respect and look after their welfare instead of bullying them.
Sadly, bullying or the act of putting someone with imperfection as a center of ridicule is somehow a common sight in the Philippines; just like the experience of this 13-year-old Grade 7 student who seeks the help of veteran broadcaster Raffy Tulfo after suffering years of bullying from her neighbors who are not on the same age bracket as hers, but are elders who have their own families.
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According to the complainant only identified as Chen, her neighbors Bing and Rose Mimay has been bullying her for years now, calling her names, making fun of her physical appearance, and worse accusing her of being a theft.
Through the years, Chen did not let this bullying consume her, instead, she worked even harder to excel in her studies leading her to receive a 3rd honor award in school this year and at the same time, Chen sells dessert in school to help her mother Jonnah raise some income.
But due to the excessive bullying, Chen recently stopped selling ice pop since she could no longer take the foul words being thrown at her.
“Pero alam mo ang nakakabilib dito… hindi niya pinansin yung mga pambubully, dito ako humanga. Naging challenge sa kaniya ‘yon, naging focused siya sa kaniyang studies at nagka-honor siya!” Tulfo said.
“Lalo siyang nag pursige, ‘yung iba dyan wala na, give-up na. Mase-stress, madi-disappoint, made-depress, ayaw na pumasok, ayaw ng lumabas ng bahay, kasi pag lumabas ng bahay makikita yung mga kaaway. Pero alam mo ginawa niya? Hindi niya pinansin, nag-strive siya, nagkaroon ng honor!” he added.
The mother-and-daughter complainant also revealed that the bullies are already parents while one of them has a physical disability.
When the program contacted Purok 14 Barangay South Daang Hari Leader Vilma Ferrer, Tulfo advised her to talk and warn the bullies that if they if they will not stop causing mental trauma to the minor, they will be charged with child abuse.
However, the Purok Leader seems defending the bullies, Mommy Jonnah then revealed that Ferrer is always siding on Bing and Rose Mimay since both of the bullies are her customers in her pork retailing business.
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