‘Mom wants justice’

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


IT wasn’t just Alcoy FC goalkeeper Rodnel Binolirao Jr. who got hurt in the brawl between the Boys Under-18 squads of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) and Alcoy FC last Sunday.

Former Little Azkals and SHS-AdC player Kintaro Miyagi also suffered a bruise over his right eye after getting hit by a spectator from Alcoy.

Kintaro’s mother, Nena Miyagi, also wants justice to be served to his son’s attacker.

“I hope we are given justice and he will pay for the damages,” Nena told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

According to Nena, her son was blindsided by an Alcoy FC supporter and was knocked down to the ground. The incident happened after spectators and officials broke up the initial brawl that happened on the pitch.

“He ran and punched King (Kintaro) from behind. He blacked out,” recalled Nena. “It was on their way back to the tent. He really had an intention to hurt him.”

After the incident Nena, tried to ask Alcoy FC spectators of the name of Kintaro’s attacker but they allegedly refused to give her the name. It was after the police interviewed the attacker that Nena found out about his identity.

Nena has already filed a police blotter on the attacker at Mandaue City Police Station 2. However, she can’t file a case against the attacker because he allegedly is 14 years old, a minor.

But Nena went to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region-VII and was able to schedule a meeting with the attacker and his parents. Both parties are scheduled to meet with DSWD legal counsel Atty. Raymond Bertulfo on March 28 at 2 p.m. at the DSWD Region-VII office.

The demand letter for the parents of his attackers has already been sent the other day.

Everything has been a nightmare to the parents of the children that were hurt in the untoward incident and for Nena she wants this nightmare to end.

“He has a hard time opening his eyes. I will have his eye checked again. I have had sleepless nights for the past two days watching my son like this. I have been having fever because of the trauma,” she said.

Meanwhile, Fr. Manuel A. Uy SJ issued a memo to the Ateneo de Cebu community, urging for reflection.

“The situation may be difficult at the moment, but I believe this is an opportune time for us to rise to the challenge of being persons of character...We are also called to express our right to free expression responsibly in whatever media are available to us. Upon relfection and discerment, we may find that in some situations, the better response is silince. This will also be a good teachable moment for our students,” Fr. Uy said in his memo.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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