Bullying happens in 7 out of 10 students. It creates emotional, physical, mental and psychological problems to the bullied child. How we wish to be compensated financially in lieu of the damages made on our part.
A recent Facebook post has claimed that there is a law against bullying in Philippine schools which entitles people to claim an amount that would more or less be equal to $280 for damages if someone calls them fat. However, the law does not contain any provision that allows victims of bullying to demand financial compensation.
A widely shared and spread Facebook post has allegedly claimed that the Republic Act 10627 (Anti-bullying) of 2013 gives the right to seek financial compensation from a person that calls them fat.
The Facebook account which shared this misleading post was a parody of the Philippines’local broadcast organization ABS-CBN. See screenshot of the post below.
With the post caption, when translated in English, says: “Open a bank account… you will definitely get rich from this!”
The text in the image shared says: “When someone calls you fat, you have the right to file a case against them or ask them to pay you P15,000 -RA10627”
15,000 Philippine pesos is the estimated equivalent amount of 280 USD. The said RA 10627(Anti-Bullying) was signed by the previous President Benigno Aquino III on the 12th of September 2013 to be able to address cases of bullying in elementary and secondary schools.
The text of the laws or its implementing rules and regulations does not contain any provisions that allows victims of bullying to claim financial compensation.
According to one of the law’s authors, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, in no way the law does contain any such provisions.
“This is indeed a fake news. RA 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Law DOES NOT allow people to demand P15, 000 payment or file a case against those who would call them fat or overweight”, Shielo Mendoza, Angara’s media relations officer, said.
She said that the law’s definition of bullying could include name-calling. However the law states that the penalties for bullies only ranges between written warnings, expulsion from school and adjudication by teachers. In no way was there a mention of financial compensation for victims.
An official from the Department of Education, the agency tasked in implementing the law, also said the law did not permit victims of bullying to demand for financial compensation.
According to Tonisito Umali, undersecretary for legislative liason office, external partnerships service & school sports told AFP that Under Republic Act 10627, there’s no provision thereby stating that the offending parties or guilty party may be obliged to pay civil damages for violation of the said act or those who failed to comply with the said law
“There’s nothing there, what’s only stated there are administrative sanctions against school administrators, suspension of permit to operate for schools that has failed to comply”.
Despite the misleading information, the Facebook post has been shared with a count that is almost 60,000 times.