As continuation to the exchange via Facebook posts between TV5 news anchor Ed Lingao and radio commentator and anchor Erwin Tulfo, Lingao made another post on June 17 and 18, once again slamming Tulfo for twisting what he said in his previous post about and even talking about the death of Lingao’s child.
On June 17, he hit those whom he called as Tulfo’s “minions” who defended the commentator’s actions by reacting to Senator Risa Hontiveros’ fake meme.
“Matindi talaga ang mga minions ni Idol. Dinepensahan ang sumablay, kinuyog ang nakapuna.
Huwag kayong malungkot, bukas ko na kayo babarahin para sulit naman ang sagot ko. Tutal, pare-pareho naman ang mga hirit ninyo, may common theme. Parang nag briefing o workshop muna kay Idol. Isa pa, sigurado ako na may second shift na mag ti-time-in ngayong gabi.
Oh I see that the third shift has checked in already. Well, we all do our part to keep the economy moving Have fun, and see you tomorrow.”
On the same day, Tulfo went on Facebook Live to react to Lingao’s June 16 post and ranted against Lingao for over 38 minutes.
Tulfo’s defense? At a little past the 3-minute mark, he said the following:
“Nung sinabi ko po yun nung araw na yun, may naidagdag lang ho ako na sinabi ko na kinu-condone, sinasabi ni Risa Hontiveros na dapat nating gayahin o tularan ang katapangan ng Maute, well that was fake news. Binawi ko nah o yun mga kapatid. Yung ora mismo na yun dahil pumasok po sa aking blog, may pumasok po sa aking mga text. Binawi ko po yun. Ang hindi ko binawi ay yung tungkol dun sa sinasabi ni Hontiveros na ang rebellion at ang invasion… Hindi raw rebellion at hindi rin daw invasion yung kanyang pananaw sa ginawa ng mga Maute sa Marawi at wala raw dahilan ang Duterte administration na magdikta ng martial law. Doon ho tayo nagalit mga kapatid.”
He continued with his rant for over 30 minutes.
On June 18, Lingao responded to Tulfo’s tirade against him.
First up, he hit Tulfo and everyone else to read, slamming that they reacted again without reading his June 16 post.
“First, I always advise everyone to read. That includes you, dear Idol. Ang iksi na nga ng post ko nung Byernes, hindi mo pa nagawang basahin bago ka mag rant ng 38 minutes? Paano ka naman nag rant laban sa post na hindi mo binasa? Meme ulit? Sayang naman ang pagod mo. Sayang din naman ang mga researchers at writers mo,” Lingao said.
How did Lingao know Tulfo did not read his previous post? That’s because Tulfo assumed wrong when he claimed that Lingao wanted him suspended by the KBP and TV5 when he did not actually say that.
“Read the post please. You ranted that I asked KBP and TV5 to suspend or fire you? Huh? Which meme did you read that from? Another “transcript?”” he added.
Second, Lingao slammed Tulfo’s second wrong assumption that Lingao was defending Hontiveros’ definition of rebellion and invasion when it was clearly not what he did.
“You ranted that I justified/defended the senator’s arguments on how to define rebellion and invasion? Huh? Read again. Maiksi lang yan, kaya mo iyan siguro. Patulong ka sa mga bodyguards mo, para naman sulit ang pasweldo ng taumbayan sa kanila,” Lingao said.
“Ang sabi ko, hindi totoo (fake, fake news, mali, umasa sa meme, tamad, ewan) na tinawag niyang epitome (epitomee ang pag pronounce ha, hindi epitowm. Di mo madadaan yan sa slang accent) ng courage and resilience ang Maute group. Anong bahagi dun ang hindi mo maintindihan? Ahhh oo kailangan mong ilihis para maiwasan ang sablay mo? Oo nga naman, kaya ang mga minions mo, kinukulit ako kung bakit ko dinepensahan ang depinisyon ng senador ng rebellion at invasion. Eh pareho kayong hindi mahilig magbasa, banat lang ng banat.”
Third, as for Tulfo’s defense over how he ranted only during his show’s break, this is what Lingao has to say to that: “You argued that you ranted only during the break, and not during the radio program. Read again, kaya mo iyan. Sabi ko, nagsimula ka dun sa programa (putragis, magasawang sampal ang aabutin sa akin, what the f…) at pinatuloy mo sa commercial break. Tapos pag balik mo from break, Engot, putragis, pulpol, etc. Malinaw diba? Basa naman ng kaunti, toy. Ganunpaman, ano man ang palusot mo, nawa’y walang gumaya sa iyo sa mga bata at bagong journo.”
Fourth, Lingao hit Tulfo’s claim about correcting himself midway through the show, which Lingao also contradicted because Tulfo merely said that Hontiveros retracted her statement about the Maute group, something which she did not say in the first place.
“You claimed that you corrected yourself midway through your program, and thus, you are not guilty of spreading fake news. And that the fact that you read the senator’s FB post should absolve you of your brilliant ninja moves.
Uhm, hijo, naka up pa ang original video ng programa mo. Panoorin mo kaya ulit. You did not correct yourself. In fact, pinanindigan mo pa ang mali mo. Nag apologize ka sa viewers by saying twice na “binawi” ng senador ang sinabi niya.
Huh? Sinabi mo na binawi ng senador ang sinabi niya? So instead of correcting yourself, you claimed she retracted? And you expected me not to notice that small detail? Sabagay, kung hindi ka naman mahilig magisip at magbasa at magsaliksik, e ganun nga naman talaga ang aasahan mo sa lahat diba?”
Jokingly correcting Tulfo’s wrong pronunciation of the word “epitome,” Lingao also addressed other issues.
“You cry for propriety. Dapat kinausap man lang kita. Huh? You, the epitome (epitomee) of propriety (sarcasm) should be accorded respect! Teka, saan galing ang ideya mo na yan na kailangan kumatok muna ako sa iyo? Ano ka, si God? Kaya nga nababatikos ang media ng mga alagad mo, dahil hindi natin pinupuna ang mali ng isa’t isa. Tayo tayo lang daw ang nag kukuntsabahan at nagtatakipan. Hijo matanda ka na. Mas matagal ka nang reporter kaysa sa akin. 1986 estudyante ako, nasa Malaya ka na. Di ka pa rin natuto?” he wrote.
And Tulfo resorted to calling Lingao a “dilawan” and “paid journalist,” which Lingao responded to with this:
“Sinabi mo na dilawan at paid journalist ako (Oo napansin ko na minsan, nag iingat ka by saying na “sabi ng iba, bayaran ka…” pero minsan naman hindi ka makapagpigil na sabihing bayaran talaga ako).
Well, this really gets interesting.
Una. Hijo, good strategy, By branding me a yellow journalist, hinakot mo na ang lahat ng D30 at BBM supporters para kuyugin ako. Responsable ka talaga, diba? Brave pa!
Pangalawa, ang patunay mo — tadah! Nung ininterview si candidate Digong sa tv5 last year, nagtanong ako tungkol sa DDS at sa alegasyon ni Trillanes tungkol sa bank accounts. Yun ang mga binanggit mo hijo. Sa totoo lang hindi ko na matandaan yung eksaktong tanong. Pero akala ko journo-kuno ka? Hindi mo ba dapat itanong yung mga pending issues sa subject mo? Ahhh dahil supporter ka. Teka, diba journo ka daw? Good example ito ng confused na tao.
Tapos, yung interview kay Bongbong Marcos. Sabi mo humihingi ako ng apology kay Marcos nung interview. Uhm, hindi ko ginawa yun. “Panoorin” mo ang transcripts hijo. Mali ang research mo. Ang dali namang icheck yun eh. Sablay ka nanaman.
Sabi mo sinasabi ko na magnanakaw si Bongbong. Uhm, hindi ko rin sinabi yun hijo. Kaunting hiya naman diyan. Ang tanong ko, at pwede mo ipacheck sa mga bata mo ito, kung paano niya ipapaliwanag ang swiss bank accounts ng pamilya niya na binawi na ng Korte Suprema. Ayun malinaw yun. Palibhasa hindi ako gaya ng ilan diyang mga Idol na mag momodulate at babanat ng mabigat na tanong na “Sir may we have your opinion on the issue of…”
Paid and bayaran journalist? Seriously hijo, do you want me to head in that direction? Baka matauhan ka. Sa mga trolls mo, ikaw ang Diyos, pero sa maliit na industriya natin, alam ng lahat kung sino ang mga ACDC at sino ang hindi. Hindi ako yung mahilig gumawa ng “eksklusib!” na mga storya na puro mga reklamo ng mga kontratista na natalo sa bidding, at hindi rin ako yung maraming interes sa Customs, among many other interests. Gusto mo ba talagang pagusapan iyan idol?”
On Tulfo’s claim that Lingao is a lousy writer and broadcaster, Lingao hit back at Tulfo, saying that as a commentator, he entrusted everything to his writer and segment producer to create a story.
“Eto pa. Hindi naman daw ako magaling na manunulat o mamahayag, kasi kung magaling talaga ako (gaya ni Idol), aba eh kinuha na akong kolumnista ng malalaking dyaryo o ginawang primetime news anchor ng sikat na estasyon.
Wrong on so many levels. In fact, this is exactly the perception we try to fight, the thinking that we hope young journalists would disabuse themselves of. This just reveals your appalling mindset.
Hindi ka magaling kaya ka ginawang anchor o columnist hijo. Magaling ka magbasa, o di kaya ay may following. Any journ student should tell you that is not the same thing. Marami rin sa atin na oncam (hindi lahat), hindi naman talaga journalist. Yung iba, kahit hindi journo, may angking dunong at talino, pero yung iba, magaling lang talaga magbasa. Marami sa mga opinion makers, hindi rin journalists (and rightly so! Pero you are mixing them up) Saan mo naman nakuha ang idea na kaya ka ginawang anchor sa primetime ay dahil ikaw ang kapita pitagang ehemplo ng journalism? Kaya nga ang daming problema sa industriya natin, dahil sa mga ganyang pagiisip na pinagmamalaki mo pa. E kaya ka pala ganyan.
At nabighani ako sa pahayag mo na di ako marunong magsulat. May Gahd! Sinabihan ako ni Idol na hindi ako marunong magsulat! Siguro dapat din akong gumaya sa iyo, na umaasa sa writer at segment producer para makabuo ng storya, na kahit nasa abroad ay may nagproproduce, nagcocover, at nagsusulat ng script para lang ipa voice over sa iyo sa abroad? Di bale, balang araw, idol, maabot ko rin ang bilang ng followers mo haha”
Lingao also slammed Tulfo for mentioning his child’s death a few times during his rant, something that the former called as “plain foul irresponsible and callous and malicious on all levels.”
“And lastly, you mentioned the death of my child two or three times in your 38 minute rant. That is plain foul irresponsible and callous and malicious on all levels. Kaya ang iba mong mga trolls, ginamit na peg ang pagkamatay ng anak ko. BRavo, responsable ka talaga at kapita pitagang ehemplo para sa lahat! I would not expect an apology from you for that particular issue, or any of the issues I have raised, because I know you too well. Unfortunately.
Matindi ka talaga. Ano ito, pakapalan lang ng mukha? Kung yun lang, panalo ka na.”
Tulfo even invited Lingao to sweat it out at the gym, which Lingao answered back with his own invitation for Tulfo to take the first swing at him and to sweat it out by thinking.
“Take a swing if you want hijo, pero hindi ako ang unang titira. Hindi rin ako papatalo. Ang hirap sa mga kagaya mo, pag naubusan na ng brain power, magyayaya mag boxing para magpapawis daw. Subukan mong mag isip, para talagang pawisan ka,” Lingao concluded his post.
Netizens slam Duterte for saying women ‘could not stand threats and intimidation’
President Rodrigo Duterte drew flak for another controversial comment involving women after he remarked on May 24 that women “could not stand threats and intimidation.”
Duterte said that while he believed in women’s competence, it does not necessarily ring true in all aspects of life.
“I believe in the woman, the competence and capability, pero hindi lahat sa buhay dapat.Hindi ka, hindi, hindi. Dapat lang. It’s not appropriate when you cannot stand threats and intimidation,” he said in his May 24 speech.
He also said that women should be “prim and proper” and talked about his reservation in sending women police and soldiers to the field because unlike men, they did not grow up with a mindset that involves violence.
“Ang mga babae, sundalo pati pulis, ayaw ko ‘yan sa bukid. Unlike men kami, maliit pa lang, suntukan, bakbakan, barilan. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset na sometimes prone to violence. Itong mga babae, prim and proper man ‘yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan, wala na tunaw na ‘yan. Tapos gawin mong pulis, ipaaway mo doon. Naku,” Duterte remarked.
Netizens then took to social media to react to Duterte’s most recent statements, making #BabaeAko trend again on Twitter.
“Mr. President, you just horrifyingly disrespected your own mother who bravely fought against the Marcos dictatorship. She withstood threats and intimidation. Siya ay babae! #BabaeAko,” a Twitter user remarked.
Forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun spoke out, too, saying “I am threatened and intimidated a lot. All my life. Don’t me. #BabaeAko.”
So did film and theater actress Chai Fonacier, who said, “Encouraging women — and I mean including those who identify as women — and our friends from the entire spectrum to share your #BabaeAko statements to fight the misogyny that the President and his ilk normalize through their behavior. Make them remember the feminine strength.”
KABATAAN Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago also reacted, saying she refused to be stereotyped.
Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay urged other Filipinos to protest against Duterte’s misogynistic statements.
Other Twitter users weighed in on the issue.
Duterte’s previous misogynistic remarks
His remarks in his speech on May 24 seemed to have sought to explain another controversial remark he made on May 16 when he said that he did not want a politician, especially a woman, to become the next Ombudsman.
“Mag-nominate sila, pero I choose, but gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae,” he said during a chance interview.
This gave birth to the launching of the #BabaeAko movement on social media on May 21 by women activists and other people who also want to protest Duterte’s misogynistic and sexist statements.
One of the women who joined the #BabaeAko campaign was former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who said, “Akala ko taumbayan ang boss ni Duterte. Yun pala sina Marcos, Gloria, Trump at China. Para sa bayang makatarungan at malaya, lalaban ako.”
In February, he was also slammed for telling his audience of former NPA rebels that he told his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.
New DOT chief to ask Montano why he rushed official New York engagement to watch Broadway show
Newly installed Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she plans on talking with Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano to ask for his side on certain accusations that were hurled against him.
Among these accusations came from an Abante report where Montano was said to have rushed a speaking engagement staged by the DOT in New York to watch the Broadway musical show “Hamilton.”
DOT reportedly launched the Philippine Tourism Presentation and Dinner Reception on May 9 to showcase Philippine tourism and fashion at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Montano was introduced as the event’s keynote speaker, but he was said to have only spoken for a bit before hurriedly leaving the venue, disappointing the guests, which also included US officials.
Montano was said to have been invited to the event in behalf of the now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. He was also named as one of the two hosts, the other being Teo, of the said event.
In reaction to this report about Montano, Puyat said she would talk to Montano as well as the Tourism attache and other DOT officials who attended the event to verify the accusation in the report mentioned above.
Puyat said that she would investigate into the “Buhay Carinderia” program that the TPB is set to implement. This was after Philippine Star Boo Chanco accused Montano of issuing P80-million worth of three checks to the event proponent and organizer.
“I still don’t have the papers. I will be asking [and] will be arranging a meeting with Mr. Cesar Montano to ask about ‘yung mga nabasa ko sa ‘Buhay Carinderia’ – kung totoo ba na walang bidding ‘yung P80 million na advance,” Puyat said on May 15.
“I’m planning to talk to him and ask his side. I want to ask all those who were there if it actually happened,” Puyat added.
In March 2017, TPB employees filed a complaint against Montano for his alleged corruption and mismanagement of the agency. These include hiring friends and relatives, using TPB’s funds for personal trips, and showing incompetence in fulfilling his obligations as the agency’s COO.
Eldest Tulfo vows to help Wanda clear her name, berates ‘black sheep’ Ben over controversial P60-M DOT ad deal
Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo spoke up about the controversy involving his siblings, now resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and hosts Ben and Erwin Tulfo, over the P60 million tourism ad deal.
The eldest Tulfo wrote in his Inquirer column on May 10 that while President Rodrigo Duterte himself advised the Tulfo family to avoid talking to the media, he took it upon himself as the family’s acting patriarch to tell the story behind the controversy.
First up, Ramon blamed Teo for not hiring smart staff members who could have advised her against inking a deal with PTV 4, where one of the Tulfo brothers, Ben, was a blocktimer.
As a blocktimer, Ben pays for his TV show’s airtime on the state-run channel.
According to Ramon, Wanda was only complying with President Duterte’s injunction for his Cabinet secretaries to support PTV 4, adding that she did not know Ben’s company would get most of the multimillion advertising contract with DOT.
He also hit Ben, whom he called a “black sheep” with a “middle child” syndrome as the fifth child out of 10 siblings, for signing the P60-million advertising contract with PTV 4 despite knowing that there would be a conflict of interest on Wanda’s part.
Ramon also said that Wanda still tried to save Ben, who insisted on his innocence amid the controversy, leading her to resign from her post. He also explained that Wanda seemed to have forgotten the fact that her husband was on the board of director of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), a part of DOT, when Duterte appointed her as tourism chief. He added that it should have been up to her husband to step down from his post upon his wife’s appointment.
In the same column, he also slammed Wanda’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, whom he said did not even consult the Tulfo brothers on returning the P60-million funds from the ad deal. He also described the lawyer as “all talk,” a counsel who’s only focused on gaining publicity for himself.
Unlike what has been previously reported about Wanda resigning out of delicadeza amid the controversy, Ramon let it slip that he commended President Duterte for “sacking Wanda,” prompting some people to ask whether Wanda was fired instead of resigned.
Before he ended his column, he vowed to support “Wanda’s fight to clear her name, but not Ben’s.”
Wanda resigned on May 8 to show delicadeza and to spare everyone, especially Duterte, from the pain caused by the controversy, according to her lawyer.
The issue started with the Commission on Audit’s report showing the DOT paying P60 million worth of commercials to PTV 4, which in turn, tapped Ben’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. to air the tourism ads during Ben and Erwin’s show “Kilos Pronto.”
Malacañang said that Teo’s resignation does not mean that she is off the hook since the Ombudsman is still looking into her and other government officials involved in the controversial ad deal.
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