Children should be taught moral values in school



Classes in public schools opened Monday.

This year, the K to 12 plan—kindergarten plus Grades 1 to 7 in elementary and five years in high school—will finally be implemented.

The knowledge students learn from mathematics, science, history and languages will amount to nothing if schools do not teach them moral values and respect for the rights of others as well.

Moral values, or ethics and respect for others, should be a major subject from kindergarten up to the college level.

Moral values involve the principles of knowing right from wrong, while respect for the rights of others is self-explanatory.

Children, who are the country’s future leaders and followers, should learn moral values and respect the rights of others early.

This is more important than accumulating knowledge since having moral values and respect for others forms the basis of a child’s future behavior.

We’re not talking religion here, we’re talking about discipline as a way of life.

A disciplined citizenry makes for a prosperous nation.

First World nations, like Japan, have disciplined citizens.

The Philippines is a Third World country because most of its people are undisciplined.

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Examples of the lack of moral values and disrespect for the rights of others are easy to spot in our streets.

Drivers and motorists cross a red light when there are no cops around (lack of moral values), and do not slow down or stop when approaching a pedestrian lane even when a pedestrian is crossing (disrespect for the rights of others).

I’ve been a witness to many near-accidents when cars, taxicabs, buses and jeepneys maintain their speed even while people cross a pedestrian lane.

I’ve also seen police cars—yes, police cars—beating a red light when their flashers are not on, meaning they’re not answering an emergency call.

The policemen riding in those police cars that violated traffic rules wanted to feel important.

Ordinary citizens who see cops violate traffic rules also do the same because the small monkey imitates the actions of the big monkey.

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On a grander scale, a lowly City Hall employee demands small bribes from citizens transacting business in his office because he knows that the mayor accepts or demands bigger bribes.

And since the mayor is himself or herself corrupt, he or she doesn’t have the moral ascendancy to tell his/her subordinates to be honest.

If the mayor does tell them to be honest, his orders fall on deaf ears because his subordinates know he’s not serious in giving the orders.

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Insp. Gerome Sherwin Gonsadan of the Special Action Force (SAF) is being rewarded by being sent to school by the Philippine National Police, thus ensuring his promotion when he should have been dismissed.

Gonsadan shot dead Bander Faisal Davoc, a waiter, on Feb. 4, 2012, in Baguio City.

The police lieutenant had “bulalo” (beef chunks) soup at the restaurant where Davoc worked.

Gonsadan allegedly resented being presented a bill for his order.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZYL65T5BZ6Z3LQYLXUD3VJL6U Snoopy S

    Mr Bartolome…..administrative charges?..Please..criminal..please!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZYL65T5BZ6Z3LQYLXUD3VJL6U Snoopy S

    Bribe or red tape on department level becomes “culture” ..hirap ayusin unless you stuck it out from the root….”UTANG NA LOOB” NAGPAPASIRA SA ATING PILIPINO!..THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE!

  • jan lim

    morality and respect differs as you jump from community to community. slum communities tend to undermine morality but very high on respect. while in a middle class community fairs on both, in a rich community they tend to side more on morality and fail on respect. the norms that our elders created might not be as effective in today’s society. we really need to put emphasis on morality in our school system, although it is more of a job for the parents to teach their children morality and respect, it is sometimes overlooked by the children, so it is better if our future if we bombard them with it in school and at home.

    some may not agree with it but the writer is right in saying that whatever you learned from school is nothing without morality and respect.

  • $17848434

    Teach ethics to K- Grade 12 up to University students; recommend GMA and Corona to handle the syllabus for this subjects!

    “Insp. Gerome Sherwin Gonsadan of the Special Action Force (SAF) is being rewarded by being sent to school by the Philippine National Police, thus ensuring his promotion when he should have been dismissed.” More fun in the Philippines. Waiter lang naman ang binaril ng PNP Inspector from SAF.  The Ins. will be taught in school not to get caught next time!

  • southernsons

    …also being “FORGIVING” like Mr. Tulfo(from his previous column) makes Philippines a third world country. Citizens tends to break the laws coz they were forgiven all the time. On a grander scale, a barangay captain is not afraid to ask bribe or being corrupt coz he/she sees a columnist advocates forgiveness and favor not to pursue tax charges against CJ.

    • joeybg

      forgiving?? yea, kung sasabihin muna niya kung saan nanggaling ang mga ninakaw niya, at ibalik lahat . anong down na sinasabi mo?? 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_54QY5UO7HEIY4LXGPPGP5PJGFY Francisco

        bro, southernsons thought tulfo sounded like this…  DOWN NA NGA ANG CORRUPT NA CJ, KAKASOHAN MO PA? the two of you are on the same side…

      • southernsons

         thanks Francisco.

  • joeybg

    After 18 yrs. I came  back for a visit in Pinas, ganun pa rin at at lalo lang lumala walang mga disiplina ang mga kababayan nation, my kids and wife first visit too, they can’t believe how undiscipline the Pinoy are, they just love the hospitality of everyone in Pinas.

    • ptoprin


  • jazzdoit

    The Best Judge are Filipinos who have lived for at least 10-20  years or more as actual naturalized citizens or greencard holders in countries like the US, Canada, Europe, Japan. Most will tell you that they have REALIZED after having a Birds Eye view of the Phillippines that ONE OF our BIGGEST FAULTS as a people is our LACK of DISCIPLINE for both the Law & Society & the treatment of fellow citizens.HINDI MO makikita ng maliwanag IF you live in the Philippines or if you are up to your eyeballs working hard as an OFW because you are IN the System & PART of the System. But yung mga naturalized Filipino-americans, europeans, etc.  na one, two ,three decades na sa ibang bansa with a NEW LIFE  see clearly the enormous issues facing the mentality of Philippine society. Discipline , Respect for the law & society, respect for others is badly damaged dahil and NUMBER 1 violators are Filipino leaders & politicians. Then, when you combined that with a VERY HARD, POOR LIFE, WALA Kawawa ang taong bayan- its Survival, Dog eat Dog world! Kanya-kanya! Its the disintegration of the Filipino family dahil sa hirap ng buhay and very little opporrtunities for people. All time high in crime ( violent crime as well), and corruption in ALL LEVELS of society will be very difficult to eliminate or minimize because it is now part of the Filipino mentality. We need at least 3 consecutive terms of a Strong, Moral, Anti-Corrupt President to really make a difference. That’s 18 STRAIGHT YEARS, that’s 3 Different Presidents who will need to be STRAIGHT & HONEST! 6 years of Noynoy is a Very good start. But what happens to the next two presidents ???? One mistake by the Filipino voters in the next two Pres. elections- IT WILL BE BACK TO SQUARE ONE!

  • gemini2011

    Discipline starts at home. The family must make it very clear to the children before they let them socialize with other children in school. Constant monitoring follows as these children cannot avoid to interact with peers– classmates, teachers, administrators, etc.The big problem starts when children begin to notice the inconsistencies, differences or even atrocities outside. This makes the task quite taxing for parents who want the best for their children.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XIJY2MSBTT7VT256PTE7VDEFPM JOJIE

    We should not be pointing our fingers elsewhere. Discipline should start from ourselves. We can not change others but we can change ourselves. Let us start looking at ourselves if we have moral values, treating others fairly, and following our laws.   

  • norman_black6643

    Dapat uanhin ni ramon tulfo sa mga kapatid nya. Di ba pinalaki nya yan sa pagkawalang disipilina? Remember his previous column? Panoorin nyo ang T3 para malaman nyo kung may moral values ang mga tulfo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NDH6O6PNTAJ23SNYTA6LSYY47Q Butuan

    News Media’s, Entertainment Industry should be taught moral values first! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XY7UBGNI4YMO4J46PMDIVA7N6Q rog

    “Moral values involve the principles of knowing right from wrong, while respect for the rights of others is self-explanatory.”

    So you exhibited you have moral values when you took secret pictures of  Ms. Claudine Barretto arguing with a female ground steward so you can lambast her in your column, Mon? Those who don’t have it simply have no right to teach it Mon.  And that’s you!

    • Lapaz_guardians

      Mon is on the ball here and hitting the nail on the head,
      Look, A law enforcement officer in an Idyllic place in the Philippines did not want to pay his bill and shoots the waiter dead, He is now being rewarded for his crime, I don’t see the logic of your argument here , I think you  should have been a lawyer, You are saying that Mon took “secret pictures of  Ms. Claudine Barretto” Oh is this why her husband and his friends viciously attacked him in a public place at the airport.

    • ptoprin


    • Diepor

      Its normal for a reporter to take pictures in a public place ,dont understand why you have a problem with that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MQUFN5MUXJVDJNB3ZOJYN5DYXA magpakatotoo

     nagsusulat po kayo ng patungkol sa moral value… eh yung pinagsasabi ng kapatid nyo po on air sa tingin nyo po ba may moral value silang natutunan.. sabihin mu sa kanila na dapat maging propesyunal. nasa telebisyun sila pinapanuod ng mga tao mga kabataan.. iniidulo ng ibang mga tao na sinasabi sana maging gaya rin nila ako paglaki ko.. sana po hindi ganun sana wag naman gamitin ang telebisyun o ang radyo sa mga ganung bagay.. respesto po at pakumbaba.. yun ang tinuro sa atin ng ating mga ninuno.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SB2A3LDXNJZDYX4MNAINFVHMBQ Allan S

       Hello!! i am not defending Mon Tulfo..but he is just the messenger..Don’t shoot him..mas mabuting pakinggan ang kanyang sinasabi kesa tirahin sya sa isang bagay na hindi naman siya ang me gawa kundi mga kapatid nya..Is the sin of his three brother is also his sin? think about it..

  • Lapaz_guardians

    in reply to rog

  • boypalaban

    dagdagan ko lang ng mga example ng salaula:
    mga taxi driver na naghihingi ng dagdag kahit kasasakay pa lang ng pasahero
    mga nagpapatae ng aso sa tapat o bakuran ng iba
    mga pinababayaan ang aso na pakalat kalat sa kalye
    mga malalakas mag-usap sa lrt,mrt, bus, jeep na parang sila lang ang tao
    mga nagyoyosi sa loob ng pampublikong sasakyan
    mga dura nang dura kahit sa gitna ng daanan ng tao
    mga security na naka civilian na sunod nang sunod na parang nanakawan
    mga teacher na hindi nagtuturo, puro pa-report ang alam…tamad kasi
    mga istambay sa kanto na nag-iingay, nagdudumi, umiihi sa hindi naman nila pader.
    mga arogante sa gobyerno na akala siguro dapat magmakaawa ang lalapit sa kanila
    mga pulitiko na panginoon ang tingin sa sarili….

    • ns rimonte

      the deficiencies you cite are largely questions of manners
      and courtesy. obviously children need to be educated on these
      points; the proper behavior in public places, including streets, sidewalks,
      trains, at theatres and concert halls.
      these deficiencies are also related to the lack of proper facilities,
      such as sanitation–this requires a different solution.
      as deplorable as these are, they are by no means questions of
      moral values.

      • boypalaban

        thanks…i just added some examples to the ones cited by Mr. Tulfo.
        anyway, I agree that these are deplorable acts. When I came back here from Singapore, I cannot help but think and/or wonder: Are our streets dirty because we are a poor nation, or are our streets dirty because we lack discipline? Well, I came to conclude that poverty is not an excuse to live a messy life and surrounding.

      • Karabkatab

        Thanks for your insights boypalaban.  It is not only the poor who are guilty.  Our leaders, educators, planners and those who have more in life are most of the time not conscious of the basic discipline. In our own small ways, within the confines of our small circles, things we long to change will be realized. (slow pace of course and a bit frustrating) Good luck.

      • boypalaban

        100% agree

      • 444mangyan888

        mon tulfo  should be thankful pipol like u take his column seriously. His subjects should, at least, be more sensitive and sensible. it augurs well for our country. Malaki pa talga ang pag asa ng ating bayan..

      • Karabkatab

        To some degree, I agree with you.  I’ll give you an example.  Try to visit a public park or government buildings.  A lot of food wrappers are scattered in almost all corners. No garbage bin on sight? Maybe.  But, people if they are responsible will take their own garbage and locate for the right place to dispose their garbage.  Sabi pa nga ng aming mga magulang noon ” Kung ikaw ay kakain ng candy at wala kang makitang basurhan, ilagay mo ang pinagbalutan sa iyong bulsa”  Basic training and discipline count a lot.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGLQQ2TTZF3BAWUHUWLFWVPZDE Vladymir

        kung wala kang bulsa,sa bulsa ng katabi mo ilagay hehehe….biro lang kab…peace tayo.

      • Karabkatab

        Hehehe…No probs @Vladymir…

      • AJ Giorgio

        Being ethical and honest are also part of having good morals.

  • ns rimonte

    the problem is, which moral values should be taught?
    whose values should prevail? this is a democratic society.
    should we not protect children from the old values of iyak at dasal?
    isn’t it much better to teach children how to choose?
    knowing how to choose is a skill that will be useful throughout their lives. after all
    life is a matter of choices; everything we do results from choice,
    whether we are conscious of it or not.
    if children were taught how to choose, then they will learn the
    importance of awareness, of consciousoness, so that they are
    less controlled by their unconscious needs and desires. as they
    are conscious when they make choices, they will also learn how to
    take responsibility for their choices.
    this isthe greatest tribute we can make to human beings:
    recognzing their right to choose.

  • impending_raptor

    Unless we change our attitudes, this country is really going down the drain.

    • tekateka

       We’re out of the drain already.. we’re inside a septic tank… won’t be easy to get out!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OKWYZFYCJ6U6HG3PUL3VU6DNKQ Jun

    Mr. Tulfo, I do not always agree with your opinion in your column but your topic today on moral values hit the nail right on the head. 

    Please continue to push for this issue as with this small paradigm shift, the improvement in the living conditions in the country will be great. This matter ties in directly with gas prices. We do not realize it when we complain of high gas prices, but ALL of us will benefit if there was discipline on the roads because there will be less stop and go traffic. Thereby significantly increasing the gas mileage we get on our private and public vehicles.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K63PQGGWTWPALHJE7FMKKPAOCE Public


    Christianong bansa daw tau sa East-Asia Pacific, pero unless hindi natin ituwid ang “pananampalataya sa Dios” magta-taholan parin tayo. Palibhasa sa atin, napaka-religious natin at mataas ang tingin sa mga religious leader tapus ang tinuturo naman ay wala sa katotohanan.

    Magbasa nga tayo ng bibliya, for sure maraming tayong makukuhang “moral values” at ma “discipline” pa tau at matatagpuan pa natin ang totoong “kaligtaasan” sa paraan ni Hesu Kristo.

    Dahil ang taong wala kay Hesu Kristo, ay mananatiling bulag at corrupt. Kahit gaanong “Moral Values or Discipline” pa ang nakuha nya sa turo ng tao, kung wala sya kay Kristo Hesus, impyerno parin ang papu-puntahan.

    • pubringjuandelacruz

      WOW!!! so lahat pala ng Atheist ay mapupunta sa impeyerno pati na rin ang mga membro ng Free Thinkers. 

      Dahil sa relihiyon kaya nagkakaroon ng giyera! ayaw irespeto ng bawat isa ang kanya-kanyang pananampalataya! 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/K63PQGGWTWPALHJE7FMKKPAOCE Public

        ay sorry, ganun talaga.
        may mga taong masasaktan, may mga tao ring masaya sa mga sinabi ko.

        mananatili ang respeto ko sa ibang tao na may sariling pananampalataya, mananatiling kaibigan ko pa rin sila.

        pero kung ano ang katotohanan, ilalahad ko, ok lang kung maraming magalit sa akin.

  • farmerpo

    Moral values starts at home. Kung ano ang puno siya rin ang bunga.  This is infallible.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/K63PQGGWTWPALHJE7FMKKPAOCE Public

      Hindi po assurance na matino ang tao sa paglaki nya even if we say moral values starts from home.

      The question is; Do we teach moral values biblicaly?

  • John_Galt_II

    Ngayon nangangaral ka ng moral values pero yung nakaraan na column mo gusto mong wag na imbestigahan si Corona na alam mo naman na protector ng mga magnanakaw. Bumabawi ka lang ngayon dahil ang daming nagalit doon sa nakaraang column mo. Tapos kung mag kwento ka pa yung mga inuman niyo ng akala mo kung sinong importanteng tao pero mga mandurugas naman. Ang tingin mo kay Jinggoy at Erap mabuting tao samantalang parehong manloloko lang yung dalawa na yon. Ang bukang bibig para sa mahihirap pero yung mga kabit nila binigyan ng mga mansion. Saan ba galing ang mga pera ng mga yon kundi sa nakulimbat nila.

  • victor1052

    School children in Taiwan are being taught the basic confucian  “four moral values” namely: Civility, righteousness, modesty and SHAME. We are taught civility but not the other three, especially SHAME. That is why the Taiwanese, japanese, koreans and singaporeans are disciplined. Whereas most of us, especially government officials are SHAMELESS even when convicted of big-time criminal acts. The likes of singson, ligot, and lately corona are examples of people without dignity. In spanish, no delicadeza.  

  • elvisaya

    pag pulis ka dito sa pinas tapos suspect ka sa murder or kahit anong kaso..its either ma promote ka or ilipat ka lang ng pwesto….bat kaya buhay pa ang ganyang klase ng mga tao 

  • quirinomayer

    Tulfo, there is no school not even in our country that does not teach moral values. The problem is some children and youth are resistant to moral values or absorb them but later in life, unlearn and throw the values out of their lives. Look at yourself and your brothers. There was an article in the PDI which praised your mother as a good mother. I am sure during the years you and your siblings went to school, the teaching or morals was still very effective. Now, how come your brothers are arrogant, foul mouthed and do not accord their subjects of their programs due respect? How come among other sins, you womanize and are even proud of it when you should be ashamed of it?

    Tulfo, it’s not the schools and the teachers. It’s us.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JMIY3BAK6WSUU4QYNGGDD5D4BU berong

       para mong isinaksak sa bunganga ni tilfo ang sinasabi nya,brad…heheheh.to be fair,may point din naman si tulfo.tama na mas turuan ng moral values yung mga bata pero on the second thought,parang double standard yung dating nya—turuan ang mga bata pero kami ng mga utols ko,ok na kami kahit walang modo…hahahha

      • sanjuan683

        Noon ako nasa elementary may subject kami GOOD MANNER AND RIGHT CONDUCT.  Inalis nila pinalitan na mas maraming oras sa English. Kaya hayan maraming magagaling sa English na pasaway at naging salbahe. Nang mapasok sa gobierno naging corrupt. hehehehehehehe 

    • 444mangyan888


  • c7cinbox

    here’s my one piece: ” Values are Caught, Not Taught” !

  • Diepor

    Everybody needs to pull in the same direction , to be proud of the Philippines . Start with cleaning up in your neighborhood. And please dont talk inside the movie theatre and dont bring small kids that can not sitt still for two ours , its annoying.

  • Ommm

    ” The Philippines is a Third World country because most of its people are undisciplined.”

    And the guy who wrote that is a moron….

    Teaching morals is the job of parents not teachers. Not every opinion stated by a teacher should be considered gold. In fact consider a “gay teacher”. Would many parents want them instilling thoughts of gay marriage on their children?…or atheists… or communism? And who is going to author this “book of morals?…the Catholic church?

    Well they don’t call you Tau Foo for nothing….

    And traffic…i have never seen so many courteous drivers as here in Phil. Most drive so bad they can’t turn a corner without braking and they have no clue what so ever of what the “right of way ” means. Knowing if they ever got in an accident it would be a gun battle helps a lot to make them extra careful.

    And what kind of fool wants to sit at a red light when there’s nobody coming? …not that this country even has many stoplights and most aren’t even running….

    Learn to think for yourself Tau Foo.

  • ekalaM_ngek0P

    Who has to teach moral values, is it teacher? Is it parents? Is it society? Is it government? Is it your religion? Is it yourself? I say all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OVP72XP7RU2OP7HX2PMD6N35BM Romee Fernandez

    I agree with you Mon on this subject, but this moral values and respect to elders, women, authority and what is right or wrong should start at home, then schools, church, government and media exposure. Nowadays, you will notice that in any govt. agencies, if you’ve the connection or money you’ll get ahead in line instead of waiting for their number. If you ride in a bus or any public transport nobody give their seat to a lady standing or senior citizen or pregnant women or those carrying heavy load and child. In the same way as the lady given a seat by a male passenger never thank the guy as if the word”Thank You” is very hard to say or maybe this word was already forgotten or very costly.

  • kismaytami

    Mr. Tulfo, how can you learn respect and moral values when your teacher also punished you physically without hearing your side, after she caught you arguing with your classmate, after your classmate bullied you?

    I think teachers are the ones should be taught discipline first or screened to verify if they are mentally capable of handling class situations with fairness.

    • TUBAGBOHOL.com

      are you referring to one teacher? or to tens of thousands of teachers? one bad teacher does not represent the thousands of good ones.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FOPMU3EOVKFANYIWAADV7EZAXU Divina Wind

    Someone once said: “Staying out of trouble is simple. It’s a matter of having r-e-s-p-e-c-t- for yourself, for other people, and for other people’s property.”

    What’s wrong with our society? To me, what begins at the top trickles down to the bottom.

  • mangpepe

    ano na ang nangyari sa GMRC

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5H24W557KGE4HL5V4AVC5ID6BU Ariel

    the congress and the senate should enact a law or laws that traffic enforcers and policemen/law men should not be exempted from citation if they violate traffic laws,they should also be issued TVRs and the penalty must be bigger than the ordinary motorists

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

    Tulfo did not learn it from school or from anywhere else … to him MORALITY IS ALL ABOUT MONEY … it is very obvious!!! Even the BROTHERS!!!


    Tagalog should be removed from the curriculum. Why do we have to study Tagalog from Grade 1 to College? Anyone can learn Tagalog by just watching TV. This is an absolute waste of time.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

      instead of removing filipino, the curriculum should be revised so that some other regional language or at least a foreign one or two can also be taught in our schools.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    bagama’t importanteng ituro ito sa paaralan, dapat sa bahay nag-uumpisa ang kabutihang-asal.

  • Jaime Jr Noble

    I agree to the arguments of Mr Tulfo. No wonder third-world country at best. Hope discipline and justice will prevail in this mundane nation.

  • pilipino

    What values Mon? Mambugbog ng babae in public view sa loob ng airport terminal dahil naninigaw ng kapwa?

    Pakibugbog mo rin si Miriam, naninigaw din yun in public view!

    • http://twitter.com/solamentado sola mente

      hahahahaha!  pwned bigtime si tulfo.

    • joeybg

      tangahanga at bobotante sa pinas

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    start from Ilocos Norte, until now majority believe that Marcos was a saint, also those who think that GMA, Corona et al, are purer than the ash of Pope Benedict

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIW2QLRXL6TL7HQ5ZIIL3KK2VQ Go

    hehehe tulfo talking about moral values … maybe one of his ‘errand boys’ helped himself on the enveloppe …
    ‘And since the extortionist is himself or herself corrupt, he or she doesn’t
    have the moral ascendancy to tell his/her subordinates to be honest’

  • Hfxwst

    The examples provided – J walking and bribes, have nothing to do with morals,  they have to do with social discipline.  The person offering the bribe is as much at fault.

    I would be unwilling to have have Catholic morals taught and imposed on my Children.  I do not believe in the extremist views of the Catholic Church – I believe women to be equal to men, I believe all should be educated about their own bodies, and I believe all should have access to birth control if they desire it –  those values would not be taught here because the Catholic Church would want control, and feels itself “moral”.  I disagree with that, and have a right to protect my children from those wishing to teach my children the wrong values..

  • JK1000

    Wala talagang disiplina ang filipino. Magagaling ang mga filipino pero laging kasabay ang walang tigil na pagyayabang, walang disiplina, Gusto laging siya ang bida, Marumi sa kapaligiran.

    • joeybg

      tama ka kabayan, may kakilala akong ganyan, puro hangin sa ulo, engineer daw siya at ang tatay niya, napakaTanga hindi makapagsabit ng picture frame sa wall ng bahay o noong sinira ang bakod namin hindi rin maibalik sa ayos ang tatay niyang engineer hanggang ngayon walang trabaho, kapag nasa labas ng bahay pinagsasabi niya na wala siyang asawa samantalang 4 na ang anak noong nahuli siya ng kabit niya sinabi niya na hiwalay daw sila matagal na ng asawa niya mas Tanga ang kabit niya dahil naniwala naman. ANG MGA PINOY KAPAG NASA LABAS NG BANSA PURO SINGLE, MAHIYA KAYO SA SARILI NINYO .

  • tabalu

    Moral values, or ethics and respect for others, should be a major subject from kindergarten up to the college level paabutin na po natin hanggang sa pangulo kung pinaguusapan ay respeto sa iba.kung ano kasi ang ginagawa ng matatanda ay nagiging tama sa paningin ng mga bata,

  • joeybg

    ang mga magulang muna dapat ang turuan ng Moral Value, dahil ang mga bata kung ano ang nakikita nila sa magulang iyon ang gagayahin nila. advertise sa TV about Moral Value dahil malaki ang impluwensiya ng television . pangalawa na  ang mga school , …

  • anu12345

    “Children should be taught moral values in school”

    Meaning parents don’t do that? Granted but it’s not fool-proof.  You can have all the subjects teaching moral values, but chances are great that many will hear it one ear and exit the other.  Proof – we are very religious people and many religions preach about doing good deeds. Do I have to tell you what kind of people are we in general? In fairness, we are not unique.

  • -XO-

    Littering – a favorite Filipino pastime, is a lack of Patriotic Values. 

    What is it that you think of your country when you use it as a trashscan and public urinal? Don’t you love your country? 

    Start at the schoolyard, and people will love their un-littered country all the more. 


    THOSE expected to teach moral values are they themselves needed to be taught first. How could one discern the right from the wrong unless he’s well-informed?

    Ang kailangan ng mag-aaral ay ROLE MODELS, as action speaks more volume than speeches.  Yong mga nakikita nila sa PUBLIC at MEDIA ang karaniwang ginagaya ng mga nanonood.  Good or Bad, basta’t ginawa ng mga idolo nila, gagayahin nila.  Hindi lang sa salita at gawa, kundi pati sa pananamit, pag-aayos ng katawan, at paniniwala.

    Ang dapat na magpakita ng magandang halimbawa ay yong mga tinatawag na celebrities sa lahat ng sining dahil sila ang kalimiang ginagagad ng kabataan at iba pa.  Kabilang na din dito yon nakikita nila sa eskwelahan, simbahan, public places like offices and work fields, at government establishments.

    A good start is for media people like columnists to show good example and behavior, as their personalities are reflected through their thoughts and writing.

  • maximus commentus

    Tama ka diyan Mon, akala ng mga bata ngayon matalino na sila at may mararating sa buhay dahil marunong silang mag-facebook, at mag-english. Kita mo naman ang pinagkaiba ng level of education natin noon at ngayon.

    Dati tayong nangunguna at iniidolo ng mga bansa sa Asya, ngayon kahit top-50 hindi makasali ang Ateneo at UP sa Asya. Nangunguna lang ang Pilipinas ngayon sa dami ng mga bading at tomboy.

  • jayemdee_412

    Just watch a popular a noontime variety show on TV where there is a contest involving baranggays residents to line up and occupy a designated number to win cash prizes, and you have an idea what kind of discipline Filipinos have. Even if there are marshals to maintain order there is jostling and pushing just to occupy a certain number. It’s very embarrassing when a baranggay does not qualify for the monthly winner because there is no b..y..han line.

  • rapas_gamrud

    At last a good article from a man like you. This is of great urgent and importance…..giving weight the teaching of moral values starting at the kinders to shape and build their characters. After all it is the character of the people that will shape and make a nation prosper.


    KAHIT na dito na lamang sa DISQUS, MARAMI dyan na ang alam lamang sabihin ay BOBO, TANGA, WALANG ALAM, IDIOT, at kung ano-ano pang tanda ng pagka-maledukado at kakulangan sa kaisipan.  Nakikilahok sa usapan na walang baon na kaalaman sa tinatalakay na paksa, tapos biglang hihirit ng ISTUPIDO dahil hindi sila nakakaintindi.  Kapag hindi na nila kayang unawain ang usapan, dadaanin sa pagmumura at paggamit ng mga mahahalay na salita na karaniwan ay naririnig lamang sa mga bangketa sa kanto at palengke.

    • http://twitter.com/elkapitan21 edgar

       tanda ng kawalan ng disiplina.

  • AJ Giorgio

    When we were young, we were taught to be “Good Christians and Honest Citizens”. Our teachers/mentors also used the term “positive goodness”, which means you do not only avoid doing something bad, but you also try to do something good. I think that covers it all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3EYXDE2GQIMQLOK4D35RDE4SA4 Philip Machika

    Kaya tama talaga yong dating slogan na Sa Ikauunlad ng Bayan Disiplina ang Kailangan…kung majority ng Pinoys meron nito tiyak matagal na tayong maunlad na bansa at malinis ang kapaligiran natin. Di ko lang talaga maintindihan kung bakit ang Pinoy pag nasa labas ng bansa sumusunod sa batas ng ibang bansa pero pag sa atin di nagagawa ng karamihan.

    • southernsons

       baka law enforcement lang ang kulang.

  • kilabot

    and who’s gonna teach the children moral values, noykapon and his prostitutes? give me a break! they don’t even want to sign waiver and release saln, moral values pa.

    • Bidang

      Your comments shows how uneducated you are..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

      Anliit ng mundo mo tsong, your life revolves around Corona and his gimik.  And your choice of words is the best argument on having moral values taught in school.

    • wakats

      Hoy kilabot – wala sa lugar at “language of the gutter” ang commentaryo mo. NAKAKAKILABOT

  • F_U_FedUp

    Moral values, respect, manners, discipline and the like are the matters that are NOT in the realm of educators. These form part of the duty and responsibility of parents. Educators are specialists in their respective fields, meaning that they impart the knowledge that parents are not able to do vis-à-vis mathematics, science, economics etcetera.

    Before a child enters school age that child needs to be endowed with respect for others and a basic level of discipline. Such a child will then seek learning of his/her own volition.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

      Uh OK. On second thought, even if it is not supposed to be in the realm of educators it will be better than lining up the corrupt parents and the kids for termination so the law abiding ones can have a better future.  Educating the young on moral values where the parents do not have the capacity or the time to do so will ensure improvement of the next generations and not continuous moral decay.  People may gain knowledge but not be educated (mal-edukado in vernacular) or industrialized but not civilized – mas sibilisado pa yung walang pinagaralan minsan.

  • StudPole

    Yes, Mon, moral values, or ethics and respect for others, should be a major subject from
    kindergarten up to the college level. It is for this reason, I think, that Boy Scout and Girl Scout training should be reinstated in high school:

    Scout Oath (promises): 
    On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

    Scout Law
    A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

    I opted for advance Boy Scout training over PMT (Pre Military Training) when I was a third year high school. You know what? We had better training then than basic ROTC cadets saved from firing a rifle. We have learned survival training, navigation using a compass, making fire out of bamboos, rappelling, etc and taught them to new scouts.

  • Islaslolo

    Mr. Tulfo: This is a good article until I got to the last part. Why is Insp. Gerome Sherwin Gonsadan not charged with homicide? Dismissal is not enough!

  • barathelo_tupas

    Si ramon, i agree that our country no longer gives morals and values importance, we are being turned into western monsters and our old filipino cultures are turned into immoral ones, times are becoming more immoral than ever. I guess now the fad is if you are immoral you are “in” when you are morally and with values, you are “losiang and out”. Media is to blamed for being a main contributor to these degration of values, we tolerate actor and actress with immoral lifestyle, one good example are , the couple who made a ruckuss at the airport and ofcourse our most morally full (sarcasm) national product endorser/actress/presidential daughter , punong puno ng morals noh?

  • Islaslolo

    Indeed, moral philosophy or ethics should be taught in schools. But I think what you are referring to in your article about moral values and discipline is a little different than the study of ethics.

    When you say “moral values”, do you mean the shared values of the community or society? And with discipline, do you mean obedience – pure and simple? Then, this is responsibility of everybody particularly the parents or guadian. Yes, the parent/guardian should be responsible to mold their children’s behavior since their formative years are spent with them. Now, the question becomes: Are parents capable of this great responsibility? How about the community or society?

    I had a discussion with my nephew last week about telling lies. He is mature enough, a college freshman, for us to have such meaningful conversation. He said: We should not tell lies? Then, I replied: Supposing a very angry person with a gun asked you if you knew where the person he was looking for. You just saw the person and you you knew where he went, would you tell this angry person the truth? We had a very good conversation indeed. And long since we went into other topics of current events.

    • barathelo_tupas

      sorry to ask i want to know what happened afterwards , the discussion between you and your nephew, please go on. thanks.

  • wakats

    MON…you’re not the right person to espouse moral values in the K – 12 plan of DepEd. Dapat si Fr. Bernal ang sumulat nyan.

    Look at the ABS-CBN online today – you’re prominently featured there on your scandalous and amorous relationship with rosanna roces who “brought you joy and happiness.”

    Moreover, your aikido skills were also featured there as if you are preparing for a Mon-Raymart Part II.


    • ekalaM_ngek0P

      Just curious…..ano ang nagustuhan ni Rosanna Roces kay Mon Tulfo?

      • wakats

        Maraming datong si mon

  • generalproblem

    I disagree. Moral values dapat tinuturo sa tahanan ng mga bata. dapat ang magulang may morals values din. so moral values learning start at home so kung tuturuan mo ang bata ng moral values pagpasok sa K1 eh matanda na yun para mabago mo kung ugaling hudas na yung bata dahil puro hudas ang magulang nya. wag nating iasa lahat sa skul ang dapat matutunan ng bata. magulang ang dapat nagtuturo ng moral values sa mga anak by example. 

  • isidro c. valencia

    Mr. ACDC, do you have moral authority to pontificate “morality?”
    Ibang topic na lang Mon. Misplace ang topic at miscast ang author.

    Just confine yourself to police beat. That is your forte. Never engage in a subject which you don’t practice. 

    To receive a certain amount from politicians, businessmen, and government officials is immoral from a point of view of ordinary people. 

    To malign someone without basis in fact and in laws, is considered not within morality. But, anyway, morality in USA, Netherland, Not so Great Britain is different from morality in other countries.

    To covet thy neighbor’s wife  really is immorality. Is Rossana Roces your neighbor?

    From my perception, you are morally deranged person. Your morality is fractured. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OFNIJF4FJWSTHQAIJUWYNRBYDI Colin

    Having driven in Australia for over 36 years I must agree with your comments about road users here. I am picking up some of the bad habits here because of the discourteous behaviour of other drivers. In Australia they gave me a booklet on the rules of the road when I did my driving test. Here, the only test I had was a urine test, and no road rules given. I had to look at the Automobile Association’s website to find any legislation. But pedestrians carry over their bad behaviour into driving, even inside the shopping malls they invade your space and cut you off. Now, if people were given comprehensive rules, and were required to internalise them into self-discipline, you would not need much government. Bad customer service is another manifestation of the lack of moral values. Nowadays people want to take more than they give. But the world runs a lot better on an excess of good will, where people are prepared to give more than they take. It is said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing. I would qualify this by saying that if you do nothing you are no good, you have to be actively good.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSEFCJ33Y3KG2R774SFMKUJBVY james

    Mang Mon
    Palagay ko ho yong “moral values” ay sa bahay dapat ituro at matutuhan. Sangayon ho ako na sa paaralan ay dapat din ito ituro. Mahirap ho sa atin ay marami sa mga kabataan ang maagang nakakaranas ng katiwalian o kalokohan tulad ho ng eleksyon ng mga SK.Doon pa lang nakikita na nila kung ano ang ginawa ng mga poliko para lang makaupo o manalo. Marami din ho sa atin ang humahanga sa mga mayayayamang tao kahit na di natin alam kung ang yaman ba ay pinaghirapan o ninakaw lamang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K5MWEVSPJY3TSO725RYOVZUCYE frankc

    I learned all about life and immorality in school. Too bad I earned several degrees including my PhD, which means I was over exposed to many of life’s immoralities.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NNAJQQUKFAB4DITXYZPSG26FYA Martin

    Children should be taught to defend themselves against bullying.  They should know how not to fall when attacked and avoid being beaten causing black eye.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

    You should not have not touched on the moral values topic Mon. Leave it to those who have the credibility and integrity because you definitely have none.

    • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

       you’re right kaya lang may natitira pa ba? meantime, kung tama nman ang message then we should not shoot the messenger

  • fasoriamd

    Are you addressing the politicians who let their sons, daughters, wife, mistresses succeed them in office they hold or let them be senators or congressman or governor or mayor even if they can not understand what it means to be an office holder. 
    How about referring also to those people who sell their votes every election.

  • Mananandata69

    Ang mga magulang ang dapat turuan muna ng moral values. Ano ang ituturo sa mga bata kung un mismong magulang walang moral values. It must start at home.

  • IanAlera

    HIndi basta basta dapat payagan ang iskwelahan na mag-turo ng values ng walang proper consultation sa mga magulang.  — Ang karapatan na mag-hubog ng moral values, at character ng isang bata ay tungkulin at karapatan ng magulang.

    Hindi dapat na ang gobyerno lamang o ang mga namumuno ng paaralan lamang ang mag-talaga ng panuntunan kung anong values ang dapat pairalin. — Ang isang halimbawa dito ay ang pagbago at pag-hubog ng values patungkol sa kontasepsiyon. 

    Ang RH BILL ay mayroong provisions tungkol sa — MANDATORY SEX EDUCATION para sa mga mag-aaral mula grade 5 hanggang 4th year high school.   Ito ay naglalayon na baguhin ang ‘values’ ng ating mga kabataan tungkol sa paggamit at pagtanggap sa ‘doktrina ng contraception’.

    Ang sapilitang pagbago ng pag-iisip at pagkilos sa pamamagitan ng RH Bill MANDATORY SEX EDUCATION ay isang uri ng child abuse. Ito rin ay maaaring lalabag sa mga karapatan ng mga magulang ng mga mag-aaral.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NNAJQQUKFAB4DITXYZPSG26FYA Martin

    Moral lesson to your black eye:  Don’t take pic of anyone without his consent.

  • IanAlera

    BAN CHINESE LANGUAGE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Let us teach our children what ‘love for country’ mean.

    The chinese has proven itself as an enemy of the Filipino people. — Ang pagturo ng wikang Intsik sa mga kabataan ay magpa-palaganap pa ng pagpapailalim ng bansang Pilipinas sa impluensiya ng bansang Tsina. – Ito ay dapat nating labanan. Ang bansang Tsina ay uma-angkin ng teritoryo ng Pilipinas. Karapat-dapat lang na atin itong itakwil bilang mananakop.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V6PVNYINOXRDLHESBN37XGQBGQ ROMEO

    moral values ur A55

  • whyinthisworld

    I was wondering if good manners and right conduct is still being taught in elementary education and character education in high school. Isn’t it effective? if not, where is the problem lies, teachers or students or the present educational system which I think could hardly implement.

  • carlbenedict

    I agree with Mr. Tulfo that moral values should be taught.


    In Elementary which should serve as foundation.
    In College which should serve as reminder.
    In compliment with religion(whether Christian or Muslim).

  • sfgurl

    Good manners and right conduct (GMRC) used to be taught in schools. Bring it back! Civility seems to be nonexistent nowadays. People do and say things that are offensive and believe that issuing an apology is enough to undo what has been said and done. 

  • 4kingdaddy

    so we made sure that we didn’t copy the american way:..here’s why…  america…grades1 thru 8, elementary (graduation on 8th grade)…9th and 10th, middle school (1st and 2nd year high school)….11th and 12th, high school (junior and senior class)…are we adding 1st year hi-school or 5th year…and what subjects are we adding…we should have at least 7 subjects, right?….

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