Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the alleged physical and verbal abuse committed by teacher against Grade 9 students in Pampanga

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expresses its deep concern over the recent incident involving a Grade 9 school teacher in Lubao, Pampanga, who allegedly committed physical and verbal abuse against three students. This distressing event was captured on video and has since circulated widely.

As Ombud for Children, CHR emphasizes that schools must be sanctuaries of learning and safety for children. Abuse of any kind–whether it be verbal, physical, or emotional–compromises children’s basic rights and sense of dignity. Such behaviors can damage the educational environment designed to foster and grow young minds and may cause lasting psychological harm.

The alleged actions of the teacher contravene Section 3 (b)(2) of Republic Act No. 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act. This law explicitly defines child abuse to include acts that debase, degrade, or demean a child’s intrinsic worth and dignity. The Department of Education’s (DepEd) Child Protection Policy echoes this, advocating for positive and non-violent disciplinary measures and emphasizing the respect and defense of children’s rights.

Further, we cite the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its guiding principles, which underscores the right to an education in a setting that upholds and protects the child’s dignity.

CHR acknowledges the response by the DepEd and the Lubao Municipal Police. The case is under thorough investigation by the DepEd Regional Office and the Pampanga Division Office is also initiating an inquiry into the matter. We also note the formal charges filed pursuant to RA 7610. In line with our monitoring mandate, CHR shall closely track the development of this case.

The Commission reiterates the importance of continuous proactive efforts to ensure that schools remain safe and nurturing spaces for students. Educational institutions are expected to consistently uphold the highest standards of child protection.

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