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Tulfo and Bediones on TV5

Tulfo and Bediones on TV5

Author: Jill Serjeant

Hard-hitting Erwin Tulfo and sharp interviewer Paolo Bediones are back-to-back on TV5 this weekend.

Erwin Tulfo not just hosts but himself goes out in the field to uncover injustices and help in correcting them in "Tutok Tulfo," an hour-long investigative and public service show every Saturday, 5:30 p.m. on TV5.

"Maaaring sabihin ninyo pare pareho ang investigative shows pero ang kaibahan namin ay I'm personally in charge and I make sure may solusyon ang bawat kaso na idudulog sa amin," he says.

"I make sure I'm there and I won't leave the complainants hanging," he adds.

"Tutok Tulfo" is complaints-based or the cases may be initiated by the show's own investigative team. Erwin encourages viewers to report their complaints to email tutoktulfo@TV5.com.ph or text them to 0919-99-TUTOK (0919-99-88865).

In the show's pilot episode, "Tutok Tulfo" revisits the "shabu talipapa" in front of the Eastern Police District Headquarters in Pasig, where drug pushing remains rampant. Tulfo also helps a crippled OFW balikbayan who was deprived of benefits and a battered domestic helper who gets new hope through the help of the program.

"Ang kaibahan kasi ng 'Tutok Tulfo' sa ibang mga programa, mayroon kaming tinatawag na 'Karinyo Tulfo.' May wish-giving element dito kung saan bukas palad kaming aagapay para matulungan ang mga mamamayan na magbagong-buhay," reveals Tulfo.

Paolo, meanwhile, says that the current affairs program, "USI (Under Special Investigation)," will unmask the true character of a person based on his words and deeds, keeping true to its slogan "Matutukoy ang tunay na karakter ng isang tao di lang sa salita, kundi pati na rin sa kanyang kilos at gawa."

For its pilot episode - the first in a series on presidential candidates, "USI" zeroes in on Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon and his nephew, Councilor John Carlos "JC" delos Reyes.

Paolo is able to extract candid and very telling answers from his subjects by a novel approach. "We take them out of their comfort zones," he says. "Halimbawa si Councilor JC, hindi pa siya napupunta sa nightclub so we brought him to one in Olongapo and the girls who worked there got to ask him their questions."

In his interview with Dick Gordon, Paolo asked him to get his blood pressure, etc. He also asked the head of the Philippine Red Cross to respond to criticisms about his staid management style. With Gordon's usual frankness, the presidential aspirant speaks his mind not only about his critics, but also about the way the media covers the news.

"After the elections, we plan to feature topics featuring hot personalities, hopefully including our boss, Manny V. Pangilinan. I want to put him under investigation on how he turns companies around...," Paolo reveals.

"USI" airs at 5:30 p.m. every Sunday on TV5.

Aside from the weekly show, Paolo is also working behind the cameras. He is network/programming executive. Soon he will also anchor TV5's primetime newscast with Cheryl Cosim, announced TV5's vice president for News and Public Affairs, Luchi Cruz-Valdez.

Source: Malaya