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The Ad Standards Council (ASC) has recalled the clearance for the airing of an EQ diaper TV commercial which is a spoof on the Battle of Mactan.

This, after the National Historical Commission (NHC) issued a cease and desist order against the diaper commercial.

What hypocrites!

The ASC and NHC had approved the airing of the commercial earlier.

They took back their approval after a protest from Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza.

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I have photocopies of a clearance from NHC Executive Director Ludovico Badoy and the Ad Standard Council for the airing of the EQ diaper commercial on television.

Are the NHC’s Badoy and the ASC so lacking in backbone that they could be intimidated by a small-town official who doesn’t have a sense of humor, or rather a sense of the absurd?

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What’s wrong with a TV commercial that parodies the Battle of Mactan between Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu and Spanish intruder Ferdinand Magellan?

Many other TV and radio commercials are just as inane, or worse than the EQ diaper commercial,  but they were not pulled out by the ASC.

Pulling out the commercial on TV was a violation of the constitutional provision of free expression.

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The consul general in Vancouver, Jose Ampeso, made a spectacle of himself while talking to his compatriots in an allegedly drunken state during the Philippine mission’s Passport Renewal Outreach program at a first-class hotel in Alberta, Canada.

Ampeso is being recalled home to explain his side, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

If true, Ampeso is not alone in making a clown of himself in public when he’s intoxicated.

A Cabinet member, who has been seen drunk several times in public, has the same problem.

The Cabinet official was once seen at the lobby of a five-star hotel slouched on a couch after having had one too many.

Sen. Chiz Escudero, who’s dating actress Heart Evangelista, has been denounced by the girl’s parents, Rey and Cecil Ongpauco, for uncouth behavior and by allegedly being under the influence of alcohol as he talked to them.

The Cabinet official and Escudero reportedly had a drinking session in the wee hours in Malacañang once where both got drunk and the senator became unruly, calling the President names, according to my Palace source.

Persons who hold responsible positions in government debase their office when they behave like drunken bums in public.

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I’m not being judgmental on the Cabinet official and Escudero because I once had a drinking problem.

I made an ass of myself in public many times when I had one too many.

I still drink, but I try to control my behavior when I’m in public; or I control my alcohol intake at the thought that I might make a fool of myself again.

I admit that during Christmas parties with my staff I let my hair down to convey a message to my present and former staff that I’m a just a regular guy; but that happens only once a year.

This is just a piece of advice from someone who’s been there, done that—and regretted it.

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  • $20926843

    It is interesting to know what name did this SOB escudero uttered to describe his principal endorser (the inutile and autistic president in malacanang) while under the influence of liquor.. Coming from a close associate, it will indeed be very truthful and painful!

    • magsasakasanayon

      “the inutile and autistic president in malacanang…” sorry to inform you but gloria makapal-arroyo is no longer in malacanang. move on.

      • Pio Pusli

        lucky for this country, we have the current president that has the gut and brain to send the inutile and her kleptomaniac family to oblivion,(did i say corona, abalos and gutierrez to kangkungan?).

    • southernsons

      You are worst than Escudero and Ochoa. You have the right to dislike your president but atleast try to be respectful.

  • diamond_digger

    I do not know how this SOB Tulfo would react if a nail polish or lipstick manufacturer would put up a commercial using the name and picture of his late dad, Major Tulfo. Wouldn’t he and his equally arrogant and self-centered siblings make hell out of it? Preserving the good name of the dead, especially one of the stature of a national hero like Lapu-lapu isn’t hypocrisy, and in fact very laudable.You are the hypocrite, Tulfing. You make me puke.

  • Ekalam Gnekup

    The good mayor was trying to do a “Mon Tulfo”. My sources said he approached the diaper company first hoping for a “settlement”. When the company supposedly said “shove it to where the sun don’t shine”, he then went to the NHC and ASC to complain. He needs to learn a lot from Tulfo.

    • TT Knew

      This turned out to be a win for Mr. Tulfo. Now he has this diaper company as his new ‘client’. Business must be booming for a pay-for-hire columnist.

      • mrcrabdribble

        I read this claim after each and every one of Tulfo’s articles. Is there any truth or evidence supporting this constant accusation that Tulfo receives money to write about/against companies or individuals? I’m just curious. Kasi paulit-ulit ko nababasa dito, nakakarindi na kung hindi naman totoo. But if it is, then it is entertaining.

      • TT Knew

        I have no solid proof but it does not mean it’s not true. If ever you had the chance, ask him how he can keep a very high maintenance lifestyle from expensive gifts, classy drinks, pricey women, guns and bodyguards to luxury hotels and lavish restaurants. He has no money-spinning business and his income from being a journalist is not that much. The only way he knows how to sustain this kind of lifestyle is to receive money and earn favours from the rich, powerful and moneyed in exchange for favourable write up in his column and lip service in his radio program. Ask him and let us know his response.

  • pilosopo4

    I will drink to that Mon!..;-)..lol

  • ikulong

    KUMITA NA NAMAN SI TULFING SA EQ

  • randyaltarejos

    My advice to those drunkards? Don’t let those drinks got into your brains. Let them go down to your stomach. Okay? Right now, I only drink a few glasses of Carlo Rossi red wine called Sangria. Try it, if you want! So far, no hangover.

  • concern_netizen

    Do you really believe this issue deserves so much attention? Your headline no less? Magkano kaya?

  • Noel

    The cabinet member could be Executive Secretary Ochoa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marion.quiambao.16 Marion Quiambao

    pff,,as usual,,ala wenta!

  • $14523613

    bago ka uminum tulpo ay magsout ka mina ng diaper ha kasi palagi ka daw umiihi sa pantalon mo pag lashing ka na.

  • go88

    ‘What’s wrong with a TV commercial that parodies the Battle of Mactan between Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu and Spanish intruder Ferdinand Magellan?’

    Such things don’t matter for a traitor and a prostitute. You’re a parody of a journalist and the kind of filipino who would have helped the spaniards hunt down Lapu-Lapu and his men in exchange of money.

    I hope next time you’ll be involved in a brawl at the airport it will involve one of us cebuanos, let’s reenact the battle of mactan and see what will happen to the self proclaimed bayot ‘martial arts’ expert…

  • Mark

    INUMAN NA <<- – escudero, ochoa, ampeso

  • Pio Gante

    wala naman problema sa pag-inom basta dahan-dahan lang sa pulutan lalo na kung nakiki-inom ka lang. di ba mon?

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