Journalist Ben Tulfo has advised Arnold Clavio to settle his issue with former OFW Sarah Balabagan, who recently alleged that the Kapuso broadcaster is the father of her firstborn.
She conceived the child when she was just 17 and the child is now 21 years old. She went live on Facebook and said she and Clavio started dating when she returned to the Philippines. Clavio was one of the reporters covering her murder case.
Balabagan showed humility and apologized to everyone involved in the issue, including Clavio’s family.
Tulfo added that he doesn’t think that the current administration had anything to do with the Balabagan’s allegation.
In his program Bitag, Tulfo asked why Clavio has yet to respond to Balabagan’s claims.
“What are you guys doing? Patuloy niyo bang idedeadma ‘to?” Tulfo asked.
Tulfo thinks Clavio should address the issue given that it is a serious one.
“Hindi ka namin pinapakialaman. You know, a public figure is a person na tinitingala, kapag ika’y tinitingala, personal ‘to eh, we have nothing to do with that but then again, hindi mo pwedeng gawin mo ang personal mo at public life mo ihiwalay mo,” he added.
Tulfo also advised Clavio to maybe consult with a spiritual adviser or his superior at the network to settle everything regarding the issue.
He reminded Clavio that his response is highly anticipated.
However, Clavio doesn’t seem bothered by the allegation.
After Balabagan made her revelation, Clavio went on Instagram and posted photos of himself enjoying life.
Trixie Cruz Angeles, an attorney who was suspended by the Supreme Court in 2016, says Clavio is not liable for child abuse charges since the prescriptive period is between 12 years and one day and 20 years.
“If the child born out of the act is now 21, it’s prescribed (expired),” she said.
“If she was 17 when it happened and she filed, there was a crime, but she didn’t, so he gets away with it,” she added.