MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Allan Bantiles is planning to file a child abuse case against 18-year-old Jamie Garcia, the Colegio San Agustin student who allegedly punched Bantiles’ 16-year-old son inside the campus.
According to the incident report filed by the Colegio San Agustin, Bantiles went to the campus inside Dasmariñas Village last August 30 after receiving a call saying that his son was punched in the jaw by Garcia.
Allan Bantiles, father of a Colegio San Agustin student who was punched by 18-year-old Jaime Garcia
Bantiles' lawyer, Atty. Richard Nethercott, said the assault on Bantiles' son was an act of child abuse because the student is only 16 years old.
The report added that Bantiles confronted Garcia inside school premises and “assaulted him, grabbed the gun from his alleged driver and threatened Garcia with it,” said the report.
Bantiles has been banned by Colegio San Agustin from entering school premises, and his gun permit has been revoked by the Philippine National Police.
He is also facing attempted murder and slander charges.
Bantiles, through his lawyer, has denied the accusations against him.
Meanwhile, Garcia’s lawyer Atty. Ernesto Macedo Jr. said the child abuse case won’t stand in court because Garcia punched his classmate in self-defense.
Garcia said he has been the target of bullying of Bantiles’ son and another student.
The Bantiles camp expressed willingness to settle the dispute amicably, but the Garcia family said Bantiles should own up to his actions and issue a public apology.
Bantiles has also been linked to Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, who is reportedly the sponsor of the Dasmarinas Village sticker on Bantiles’ car.
Bantiles, who does not own a home in Dasmariñas Village, needed a sponsor for the sticker, which gave him access to the village and to the private school.
Nethercott admitted that Bantiles and Cojuangco are friends, but he did not confirm if Cojuangco was indeed the sponsor.
Cojuangco owns a home in the exclusive subdivision.
Nethercott also confirmed his ties with Cojuangco, as he was the chief of staff of former congressman Robert “Dudut” Jaworski Jr., the son-in-law of Cojuangco.
Cojuangco’s wife, Tingting, meanwhile, is a member of the Colegio San Agustin’s board of trustees, according to the school’s SEC registration.