Bitag is a public service program hosted by Ben Tulfo and produced by Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. It has won awards such as Best Public Service Program and Best Public Service Program Host.
Back in 2017, the Department of Tourism through PTV-4, which is a government station, paid Bitag Media 60 million pesos for an advertisement deal that included airing of Department of Tourism (DOT) ads on Tulfo’s program Kilos Pronto.
The thing that is suspicious here is that Wanda Teo, Tulfo’s sister, was the DOT secretary at the time. This breach of ethics and the controversy that followed forced Teo to resign her position.
“Sa mga nagsasabing isauli ang pera at hinihintay daw ang 60-M, mamuti na mga mata n’yo! Wala kaming isasauli!” said Tulfo a few years back.
But he also added that the reason they got paid is because they returned the money in service, and that is by airing ads.
“Malinis ho ang konsensya namin. Hindi ho kami nangungulimbat, hindi ho kami nagnanakaw ng pera sa gobyerno. Kung kami po ay binayaran, dahil po may serbisyong idinulot.”
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the DOJ is willing to help the OMB in investigating the deal, but that the DOJ doesn’t actually have the capability to recover the said amount.
“In any event, if the DOJ will be asked to help in the investigation, we are ready to act on our own and/or coordinate with the OMB.”
The Commission of Audit (COA) saw †the deal as suspicious last year and flagged it, which lead the OMB to start an investigation on it.
The audit body said that is is possible that Teo be held liable for graft.
“Should a graft case prosper and reach the Sandiganbayan, the recovery of the P60 million paid to Ben Tulfo’s company will be automatically part of that action,” Guevarra said.
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Eat Bulaga!‘s popular segment Sugod Bahay is known for helping people in need, regardless of age, gender, and social status. Whenever the hosts (Maine Mendoza, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros) drop by a barangay somewhere in the country, people tend to get excited and hopeful.
However, in a recent episode of BITAG hosted by Ben Tulfo, an elderly couple complained about Aileen and Jovito Poseran, the April 19 winners of the said segment.
According to the elderly woman, when the couple won, they introduced themselves as the owners of the small house, but it turns out that they were just pretending as the grandma is the real owner of the place.
The woman was upset not for the fact that she didn’t receive any cash prize or packages given to the couple, but what she can’t accept is the way that the couple took advantage of her old age.
As Jovito Poseran grew up in her care, the grandmother revealed that he has been quite a troublemaker ever since he was little.
In the episode of Sugod Bahay, Poseran claimed that the elderly have been mistreating them and threatening them to sleep on the streets, which the grandma denied. There have also been accounts of him being high from illegal substances and causing commotions in their area.
It turns out that the couple twisted the stories to receive more money from the hosts.
The show tried to hear from the side of the barangay officials that are said to be aware of the situation but it was said that there’s no one available to talk to them regarding the matter.