BUTUAN CITY. A campus journalism training turned out to be a traumatic experience for 2 nine year-old pupils after they were publicly humiliated by the resource speaker in a campus journalism workshop in Butuan City.
Interaksyon reported that Julius Anthony Segovia, a News Reporter at GMA-7 humiliated the two students and uttered demeaning words in front of the whole congregation with at least 400 participants at Inland Convention Center.
The grade 4 pupil of Butuan City SPED Center who was one of the two girls claimed that as she was very excited, she took photos of their speaker who appeared to be sleeping in the photo that triggered laughter in their table. It was then that Segovia approached them and demanded for the photo to be deleted. Segovia later on demanded that the girls be sent out from the training hall.
Failing to get explanation from the organizers and from Segovia himself, the parents have formally filed a child abuse complaint against Segovia at the local police on Saturday afternoon last week, June 27, adding that the police report be used to file a case in court .
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, July 1, Segovia issued the following statement to Interaksyon news:
"I am breaking my silence in response to the insinuations thrown against me regarding the alleged incident in Butuan.
"I categorically deny all accusations hurled against me. It is not my character to humiliate nor to abuse children as I also have nephews and nieces that I love dearly. I have nothing to gain if I do such actions.
"I have been unfairly judged and subjected to bashing in social media these past few days. But I chose to take the higher road and kept my silence.
"However, my attention was called by my friends and family who are greatly affected and hurt by all these accusations.
"I apologize for the inconvenience that I might have caused anyone. I thank all my family and all my friends who expressed their concern and love for me at this moment."