Thousands of teachers sign petition in support of teacher humuliated in Tulfo's show

Thousands of teachers sign petition in support of teacher humuliated in Tulfo's show

Public teachers are making stand in social media against broadcaster Raffy Tulfo after the latter “humiliated” a 55 year old teacher in his program.

An online petition has been gaining ground, calling for the defense of public school teacher Melita Limjuco of Epifanio Delos Santos Elementary School in Manila.

In Tulfo’s program – “Raffy Tulfo in Action”, he asked Limjuco to either give up her teaching license or face criminal charges after a grandmother complained the teacher for alleged child abuse acts.

Raffy Tulfo
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The grandmother and the parents insisted that Limjuco should quit being a teacher after she sent her grandson out of their classroom for failure to return his report card.

Limjuco asked for a public apology from the grandmother, saying that she was only disciplining the student and that there was no intent to traumatize the student.

The online petition as of press time as reported by Sunstar report has now reached at least 56,000 signatories.

Techers’ Dignity Coalition chairman Benjo Basas asked the teachers across the country to support the teacher.

“What happened to her might also happen to all of us,” he said.
Another teacher questioned the Department of Education’s (DepEd’s) stand regarding the issue.
“Nasaan ang DepEd sa mga pangyayaring ito? Bakit tila walang statement na pagsuporta sa teacher? Teacher ang taga hubog ng ating kabataan ngunit bakit tila lagi itong napag iiwanan sa benepisyo, karapatan, pari ba naman sa hustisya?” the teacher asked.

In a statement released by DepEd last week said there is a proper forum t discuss and resolve issues between teachers and students.

 “There is proper forum to discuss issues that will resolve and improve these said concerns,” the DepEd the statement says.

“We need cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders to maintain trust, respect, and dignity of all learners, teachers, and administrators of schools,” the Education department added.

In another show, Tulfo has repeated his statement that he had a “lapse of judgement” in asking for the resignation of Limjuco and was carried away of his emotions. He, however clarified that the options he gave Limjuco are mere “suggestions” only and assured the public that the public servant did not resign, got fired or sued in court.

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Report from PhilStar

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