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Bitag Media ordered to return 60 million pesos, Tulfo refuses

Bitag Media ordered to return 60 million pesos, Tulfo refuses

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  • DOT paid Bitag Media 60 million for their advertisements to be aired on the show
  • Wanda Teo, Tulfo’s sister was the secretary of DOT at that time
  • COA flagged the deal and investigation is ongoing

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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Doctors graft man’s hand to his leg to stop it from ‘dying’

Doctors graft man’s hand to his leg to stop it from ‘dying’

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A man from Hunan Province had his severed hand successfully restored to his arm after doctors successfully grafted it to his leg.

Zhou, who lost his left hand during a work accident in Xiangtan City, underwent the groundbreaking operation conducted by surgeons in Xiangya Hospital. The surgeons made the decision to graft the severed hand to his leg to ensure a blood supply and keep it alive for a month.

PHOTO CREDIT: Standard.co.uk
PHOTO CREDIT: Standard.co.uk

However, the surgeons had to allow Zhou’s nerves and tendons to heal.

Dr. Tang Juyu, one of Zhou’s surgeons, explained: “In normal temperatures, a severed finger should resume blood supply within 10 hours. The time is even shorter for a separated limb. If it falls short of blood for long, the tissues dies and it would be impossible to get it back.”

Zhou’s hand was reattached to his arm in another operation which lasted for 10 hours. He has regained some movement in his fingers.

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