'Righteous indignation,' Mon Tulfo says of PGH outburst


Posted at Aug 25 2018 12:18 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2018 12:20 PM

The Philippine General Hospital in Manila. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA -- Newspaper and radio commentator Ramon Tulfo said Saturday he threw a tantrum at the Philippine General Hospital out of "righteous indignation."

In a video posted on his Facebook page on Aug. 16, Tulfo was shown confronting doctors at the state-run hospital for not immediately attending to a young girl he had brought to the emergency room.

Tulfo wrote in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the doctor who "refused" to attend to the girl was insisting on hospital policy against taking video of patients.

Addressing his fellow Inquirer columnist, who had also written about the incident, Tulfo said: "Perhaps you forgot that PGH is a public hospital and the no-video policy is out of place unless the doctors have something to hide when they’re going about their business."

"I threw a tantrum at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) emergency section because it was righteous indignation," he said.

The PGH earlier condemned Tulfo's "action and abusive language" against its staff. The state-run hospital demanded a public apology from the commentator.

In a separate Facebook post last Monday, Tulfo apologized to PGH patients who were "stunned by my outburst," but said he would not make amends with the doctors.

"I will never apologize to the doctor at the triage section who refused to look over the child patient I brought with me," he said.

"I didn’t see any shred of compassion or empathy on his face," he said.

Tulfo told his Facebook followers on Friday to secretly record videos of rude doctors and send it to him so he can upload it on his social media page.

"Kelangang baguhin na ang trato ng mga doktor at nars sa kanilang mga pasyenteng mahihirap sa mga gov’t hospitals. Binabayaran natin sila sa ating mga buwis," he said.

(We have to change how doctors and nurses treat poor patients in government hospitals. We pay for their salaries with our taxes.)