- Erwin Tulfo insulted and threatened Social Welfare Chief Rolando Bautista on his radio program
- He did this when Bautista refused to give him an on-air interview
- Tulfo finally apologized for cursing and threatening the former general
Erwin Tulfo got into hot waters after he ranted on his radio program against Social Welfare Chief Rolando Bautista, a former general in the Philippine Army.
Tulfo cursed at Bautista and threatened to slap him and push his head down a toilet bowl for refusing an on-air interview with him, as reported by The Philippine Star.
“Sampalin kita 'pag nakita kitang buang ka eh, wala akong pakialam ke retired General ka, mudmurin ko yung mukha mo sa inidoro,” Tulfo said on air.
In an interview on CNN Philippines, Tulfo apologized to Bautista and said that he might need to change his style of commentary.
"Wala pong dahilan an alipustahin ang isang tao lalo na si General Bautista ay nagsilbi sa bayan at ipnagtanggol ito sa mga kalaban.
"Muli po, sa mga nasaktan, nawa's mapatawad nyo po ako bilang isang tao, may mga kamalian at pagkukulang din…
“You can call out the attention of someone without cursing on air. That's the reason... I really am sorry. I think I have to tone it down, I have to change my style kahit na sinasabi na it is kind of a Tulfo-brand of journalism. I think we have to change that. My brothers agree with me, Mon, Raffy, Ben, we really have to tone down because times have changed," Tulfo said.
Secretary Bautista was defended by the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, stating that the decorated General has done more for the Philippines that Tulfo ever will.
The Social Welfare Secretary is a former commander of the Presidential Security Group and the 1st Infantry Division. He was also in the frontlines during the Marawi siege.
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