When NEWS5 gave birth two years ago to Tutok Tulfo, its very first public service program, the progressive news organization vowed that it should serve as a trusted ally of Filipinos upholding righteousness and integrity. To this day, the fierce expose’ program hosted by hard-hitting broadcast journalist Erwin Tulfo continues to expose the public to the backbone of socially relevant issues. On its two-part second anniversary special (April 21 and 28), Tutok Tulfo steps up by putting the police crime response management on a critical eye and giving an overview of the national mental health issues that are often overlooked.
Leading to its third year, the first leg of its two-part special features Filipino adults living with mental illness, suffering prejudice and discrimination from the public as they cope with being misunderstood, feared, laughed at, violated, and abused. This is an alarming condition that is unfortunately given relatively little attention, with the national budget allotting only 5% to mental health, not to mention the inadequate laws that should be pushing for more rehabilitation programs. Tutok Tulfo will take a closer look at the treatments offered in mental institutions and outpatient hospitals, and the potential negative effects of the lack thereof, as seen in crimes associated with people suffering from mental disorders.
This two-part special also delves into the standard operating procedures practiced by police officers in crime management. This segment includes a study on the initial response, investigation, and the intricacies of solving a crime and assesses the quality of service based on international standards. Anchored on the idea that apart from training and technical skills, a set of top-of-the line equipment is necessary in crime solution, this segment tries to present how these challenges grip the underprivileged stations in provincial regions and depressed areas, and how the officers cope with them.
Apart from its on-air special, Tutok Tulfo extends its gratitude to Kapatid viewers via the on-ground “Sakay sa Kaligtasan,” a ride-for-a-cause activity led by its host and motoring enthusiast-advocate, Erwin Tulfo. Together with the whole Tutok Tulfo team, Erwin will encourage more riders to join his journey and mission to help the public by providing a help desk and creating awareness on crime prevention, self-defense and rescue operations in its northern leg on April 21 at SM Supermalls (SM Novaliches, SM Marilao, SM Pampanga and SM Tarlac) and southern leg on April 28 at SM Supermalls (Novaliches, Molino, Dasmariñas and Sta. Rosa).
Be in the know and catch Tutok Tulfo’s eye-opening two-part special on April 21 and 28 at 11:30pm after Super Sine Prime on TV5, with earlier telecast at 7pm on Aksyon TV (Channel 41 in Mega Manila, Channel 29 in Metro Cebu and Davao, Channel 1 on Cignal Digital TV and Channel 59 on Sky Cable).