Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Group seeks state action vs reported abuses at local high school

THE CHILD Rights Network (CRN) has called for government action on the alleged sexual abuse, harassment, and other forms of violence suffered by students at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) in Los Baños, Laguna.

The group cited an in-depth feature article published by VICE World News at the end of June which revealed the government’s alleged “slapdash approach” in addressing the issue, “enabling the continuation of these horrid abuses.”

“The reported crimes against children are crimes of power, with power relations between teachers and house parents in the boarding school tilted against their victims,” CRN, an alliance of organizations and agencies pushing for children’s rights legislation in the Philippines, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The state-owned PHSA has called VICE’s portrayal “unfair,” and denied accusations that it is a “haven for abuse.”

“PHSA, just like any other institution, is not perfect,” it said in a statement posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday. “But please be assured all our school personnel are working hand-in-hand towards providing our students a safe learning environment, whether online or in Makiling.”

The institution’s management said they sympathized with their alumni who reported the past abuses and have informed them to file formal complaints with the proper forum and the school’s designated committees.

CRN said a national review of procedures on child protection in educational institutions is needed to know if this issue also persists in other schools across the country, and what immediate actions can be taken.

“No renowned artist can and should hide under the shadow of artistic pursuits to justify sexual abuse, harassment, and toxic treatment of their students,” it said.

“Schools should be safe spaces, not places where abuse and harassment thrive,” it added. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States is seeking to form a coalition of countries to drive negotiations on a global...


Buildings are seen along EDSA in Quezon City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN By Diego Gabriel C. Robles  THE WORLD BANK (WB) upgraded...


Heavy traffic is seen on the southbound lane of EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN THE PHILIPPINE auto industry’s...


REUTERS THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) may deliver a second off-cycle rate hike in early November when the US Federal Reserve is expected...


Vendors arrange their goods at a public market in Manila. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ RUSSEL A. PALMA THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) is planning to...

Editor’s Pick

With the reversal of the 1.25% rise in National Insurance Contributions happening on the 6th of November, employers across the nation have an opportunity...

You May Also Like


BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...


KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...


REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...

Disclaimer: Respect, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.