Sep 2, 2021 @ 14:36

Ben Tulfo lashes back at IBP: Where are your morals?

Broadcaster Ben Tulfo responded to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) after it castigated how he supposedly disrespected a young lawyer who was a guest in his Bitag TV program.

In a news column, Tulfo said he was “sorry, not sorry” for what he did, claiming that the abogado made the mistake of sticking to the rule book without regard to its implications.

“Iresponsable, arogante raw ako at ang BITAG dahil inilagay na raw
namin ang interpretasyon ng batas sa aming mga kamay,” the TV host said.

“IBP, why don’t you look at the bigger picture here? Dapat n’yo
sigurong pag-ukulan ng pansin ang malinaw at matinding pang-aapi at pang-aabuso sa tunay na biktimang menor-de-edad at sa kanyang ama sa kasong ito,” he added. “Sa opinyon ng BITAG, ang hakbang na ginawa ng kliyenteng nirepresenta ng abogadong miyembro ng IBP Iloilo, ay isang estilo o pamamaraan ng counter-attack. Na ang layunin ay gipitin nang husto ang pamilya ng bik­timang diumano’y minolestiya para lituhin at manahimik.”

IBP also reminded the public to seek justice from the Judiciary rather than claim quick retribution through Tulfo’s program. But Ben said he was only doing what he did was morally right.

“Mantakin n’yo, anim na warrants of arrest na may piyansang P36,000 bawat warrant. Sumatotal, mahigit P200,000 na piyansa. Saan ito kukunin ng pobreng pamilya? Dahil dito, nakulong ng dalawang gabi ang ama ng menor de edad na minolestiya. Kung hindi siguro nanghimasok ang BITAG, nasa kulungan pa hanggang ngayon ang ama,” he added.

“Maaaring sinunod ng abogado ang rules of procedure. Ngunit sa aking pananaw, baka nawawala na ang tinatawag na ‘moral values’ dito.”

https://www.philstar.com/pilipino-star-ngayon/opinyon/2021/09/02/2124196/sorry-not-sorry

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