Raffy Tulfo in hot water after persuading teacher to have license revoked

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'I hope people would realize that there is no such thing as Tulfo justice,' tweets one netizen

MANILA, Philippines – Just a week after helping two parents find their missing baby, Raffy Tulfo’s show made rounds yet again on social media – only this time, netizens are not happy.

In one of the latest episodes of “Raffy Tulfo in Action,” a grandmother and two parents went on the program to complain about a teacher who was allegedly maltreating their child.

CCTV footage showed teacher Melita Limjuco forcing the Grade 2 student to sit outside the classroom as punishment for not bringing his report card. The student, who sat outside for one whole period, eventually drew attention from passersby – parents and fellow students alike – which the grandmother said must have been humiliating for her grandson.

Asked what she wanted as a consequence for the teacher, Rosemil Edroso, the mother, said: “Ayaw ko namang ipakulong siya. Magpahinga na lang siya. Mawalan siya ng lisensiya (I don’t want to send her to jail. She should rest instead, and have her license revoked).” The father agreed.

Tulfo then asked the teacher over a phone call, aired on the program, if she would rather have the issue brought to court, or agree to have her license revoked.

Iyon na lang pong desisyon ng father at mother (I’ll go with the father and mother’s decision),” the teacher responded.

The end result did not sit well with netizens and sparked outrage on social media. #JusticeForTeachers and #Tulfo trended on Twitter Friday, November 22, drawing more attention to the issue.

Netizens lamented that the teacher was not given the due process that she rightfully deserved.

Some also pointed out that Tulfo’s program did not have the authority to address such conflicts and make decisions that have legal repercussions.

‘Tulfo justice’

Meanwhile, some criticized the program format itself, which, similar to Tulfo’s “Itimbre Mo Kay Tulfo” TV segment, aims to “air and act on complaints from ordinary citizens.”

Netizens emphasized its inclination to “trial by publicity,” which they said only encourages mob mentality.

Meanwhile, netizens have rallied support for the teacher since the episode circulated online.

A lawyer also offered to help the teacher regarding the legal process. In his Facebook update on Friday night, November 22, lawyer Joseph Noel Estrada said that the parents and the teacher have already reconciled with the help of a Department of Education (DepEd) supervisor.

“Nagkaayos na po sila teacher at ang panig ng magulang sa tulong po ng DepEd supervisor. Sabi po ni teacher e, alang-alang sa bata, tinanggap niya na din ang sorry nila,” he said.

(The teacher and the parents have sorted things out with the help of a DepEd supervisor. The teacher also said that for the sake of the child, she had accepted the parents’ apology.)  Rappler.com