By Ben Rosario
Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano on Friday came to the rescue of Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista who took verbal blows from broadcast journalist Erwin Tulfo on his radio program.
“I know General Bautista as a professional, dedicated, well-accomplished and respected officer in the AFP. But regardless whether one is a military officer or not, everyone must be treated with respect,” said Alejano, a former Marines officer and a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy like Bautista.
He called on Tulfo “not to create and perpetuate a culture of badmouthing, ill manners and hate.”
“Professionalism should be observed more so in media practice given the wide reach of their platform,” the lawmaker said. “This has been an issue with a few media practitioners which needs to be addressed.”
Alejano, who lost in the recently-concluded senatorial race, stated that the media “can do away with inappropriate language by keeping in mind work ethics and respect towards other people.”
“We must take advantage of our platforms correctly and use them to spread good values instead. Let us also be reminded that we should serve as role models to the young ones in our society,” he said.
Tulfo, who is reportedly being eyed to be the next press secretary, has apologized for his alleged “excessive” ranting against Bautista.
The DSWD chief was publicly assailed on Tulfo’s radio program for allegedly refusing to answer his calls.
The broadcaster went ballistic when he was informed by Bautista’s office that his request for interview will have to be processed within five days.
Tulfo apologized for badmouthing the Cabinet member but declared that he has the right as journalist to insist on the interview.
In his anger, the youngest of the Tulfo brothers called Bautista “buang” (fool) and allegedly threatened to slap him.