Raffy Tulfo earns ire of netizens after pressuring teacher to resign

    MANILA, Philippines – Broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo earned the ire of netizens after he pressured a teacher who was complained of humiliating a student to resign or face charges.

    An episode of Tulfo’s radio show “Raffy Tulfo in Action" aired last Monday, showed the grandmother and parents of a Grade 2 student complaining to Tulfo about their child's teacher Melita Limjuco.

    Popular journalist Raffy Tulfo in hot water after pressuring teacher to resign.
    Popular journalist Raffy Tulfo in hot water after pressuring teacher to resign.

    According to the grandmother, her grandson was humiliated after Teacher Melita sent him to sit outside the classroom the whole class period for failure to bring his report card. They said the incident has caused trauma to their child.

    Tulfo asked the mother Rosemil Edroso, what consequence she wished the teacher should face. The mother replied, “Ayaw ko namang ipakulong siya. Magpahinga na lang siya. Mawalan siya ng lisensiya."

    The broadcaster called the teacher involved over the phone and made her choose; to face charges in court or to have her license revoked.

    Teacher Melita replied, “Iyon na lang pong desisyon ng father at mother."

    The decision didn't sit too well with the netizens who aired their sentiments online. On Twitter,
    "JusticeForTeachers and #Tulfo trended on Twitter Friday, November 22.

    Many criticized Tulfo for passing such judgements when his show isn't the proper venue for such legal complaints. They said Teacher Melita was robbed of a proper legal proceeding and was judged in less in an hour.

    Many lambasted Tulfo for being "one-sided" and unfair to the teacher who only wanted to discipline the child.

    Teachers cried foul over the shaming Teacher Melita received and said they deserve so much respect than they actually get.

    Teacher Melita's daughter defends her mother

    Meanwhile, Kyla Limjuco, the daughter of Teacher Melita wrote a lengthy message defending her mother. She said her mother has admitted her fault and apologized but was still shamed and judged wrongly.

    Excerpt of her statement reads, "Mas naniniwala po akong hindi natutulog ang Diyos. Hindi po kayo ang huhusga sa pagkataong mayroon si Gng. Melita Limjuco at lalong hindi ikaw Mr. Raffy Tulfo ang magdedesisyon at huhukom kung ano ang karapat-dapat para sa aking ina."

    Raffy Tulfo backtracks

    Due to backlash, Raffy Tulfo has backtracked on his earlier decision and admitted sending the teacher to jail was too much.

    Tulfo said, "Pagbibigyan ko mga netizens, pakikinggan ko sila. Hindi siguro naa-ayon yung parusa dun sa nagawa ng teacher para siya ay sibakin sa serbisyo, bagama’t, I believe na she should still be sanctioned.”

    You can watch the episodes here:

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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