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Raffy Tulfo Tries to Help Couple Living in the Streets in New “Balik-Probinsya” Segment

Raffy Tulfo recently launched a new segment, “Balik-Probinsya”, that aims to help bring street people out of the streets and back to their home provinces. The program will help them find a brand-new start.

There are many people living in the streets of Metro Manila. Most of them came from faraway provinces, lured by the promise of a better life in the big city, only to find that their dreams are too difficult to achieve. Many of them were also promised big money but ended up doing things they aren’t supposed to do – and not getting paid at all!

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

The team from Raffy Tulfo in Action roamed the streets in search of a person or family to help send back to the province, in line with the new segment.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Patoy Latimbang lives at the sidewalk somewhere in Brgy. West Kamias with his partner, Baby Rose Villen from San Fernando, La Union. According to Patoy, he came from Davao City and has been in Metro Manila for 10 years.

Like many others from the provinces, he was promised a good job in Manila but found bad living conditions and wasn’t paid as much as he was told he would get. So, he decided to leave that job and just be a scavenger. He would spend hours walking around Kamuning and Morato in search of things he could still sell.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

He met Baby Rose in the streets and they became a couple. Seeing that these two seem like the best candidate to send back to the province, especially because Baby Rose is pregnant, the team decided to help them out.

Baby Rose is 8 months pregnant with Patoy’s child, but already has a kid living with her aunt in Araneta. She left the child under her aunt’s care because she doesn’t have a home. The older child is now 9 years old.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

In a day, they earn about Php100 to Php150 as scavengers. They sometimes don’t have enough food to eat, but Patoy makes sure Baby Rose has food because she’s pregnant.

The team from Raffy Tulfo in Action planned a surprise for the couple, but they weren’t at their spot the following day. It turned out there had been clearing operations by the local government; they were asked to move from their spot at the sidewalk.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

They later found the couple living at an impounded jeep. The brought the couple to a medical facility for Baby Rose to undergo ultrasound.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Then, Patoy and Baby Rose met with Raffy Tulfo at the studio. He promised to help them out, bring them to La Union, help rebuild their house and buy appliances, give them a sari-sari store he would stock with groceries and rice, and help them shop for things they could use for their baby and their new life.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

But on September 23, the scheduled day of their “Balik-Probinsya” move to La Union, the couple was nowhere to be found…

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Here’s what happened next:

Life in the Province and the City

As opposed to the rushed life in the big cities, life in the province is much slower and quieter. Whereas the big cities have lots of vehicles, tall buildings, and people who appear to never sleep, you can find the farms in the provinces. Although there are highways in the provinces, life begins to slow down at dusk and people retire to their beds early.

While many people enjoy living in the big city because of the modern advances and perks they can enjoy, a lot also take time to spend their weekends in the province or during vacation months.

In the provinces, there are fewer jobs and people tend to receive lesser pay than if they were in Metro Manila; this lures many workers to move to Manila, with the dream of living a better life.

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80-Year-Old Grandpa Jailed for Taking Mangoes, Help Pours In

Help pours in for an 80-year-old grandpa jailed for taking mangoes from a tree he planted a long time ago. Several celebrities, vloggers, and even controversial personality Xian Gaza came forward to offer him some help – and everyone else want to know the identity of the heartless person who sent this old to jail!

Grandpa Jailed for Taking Mangoes

Would you send someone to jail for getting some fruits from your house? Well, that depends on the situation, but netizens and celebrities are now up in arms against the person who sent an old man to jail over some mangoes he got from the yard!

Pinapitas ko ‘yung isang puno ng manga wala pang sampung kilo, ang alam ko sakop namin. Noong binakuran nila, sinakop naman na nila pero tanim ko naman yun…” says Lolo Narding Floro, the 80-year-old grandpa jailed for taking mangoes from a tree he planted a long time ago.

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Photo credit: Russel Simorio GMA

He was nabbed based on a warrant of arrest last January 13 in Barangay Bantog in Asingan, Pangasinan.

Ang gusto ko sana makipagsundo, maliit lang naman kasi na bagay, noong ibibigay ko yung bayad ayaw nilang tanggapin, ang sabi nila bayaran ko ng anim na libo…” the grandpa explained.

He explained that he had planted that tree and he thought they owned the place, but someone insisted they owned the place and put a fence around the property. But he thinks they still own it.

Photo credit: Russel Simorio GMA

But the new owners refused to accept his explanation and wanted to charge him Php6,000 for the mangoes he got. When he couldn’t pay them, they sent him to jail.

The court later set a bail of Php6,000 for Lolo Narding’s release, but because he didn’t have money, the policemen at Asingan Police Station contributed their own money to pay for it.

However, since the area is in Alert Level 3, his release papers haven’t been signed yet.

Photo credit: Russel Simorio GMA

But angry netizens and celebrities vow to help this grandpa seek justice for getting jailed over some mangoes!

Doon sa taong nagsampa ng kaso kay Lolo Narding nang dahil lamang sa iilang mangga na kanyang pinitas, hahanapin kita. Kumapit ka na. Ipapakilala kita sa buong Pilipinas,” vows Xian Gaza.

Penalty for Theft in the Philippines

The maximum fine for light penalties under the Revised Penal Code, is up to Php40,000 with imprisonment of “a minimum of one (1) day to a maximum of six (6) months.”

Fines that exceed Php6,000 are considered “afflictive penalties.” They carry an imprisonment of a minimum of 12 years and 1 day up to a maximum of 20 years (for amounts greater than Php1.2 million).

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Seller Surprised That Customer Asked If P10K Inside P1,500 Money Cake Is Free

A seller couldn’t help but be surprised over a conversation she had with a customer. Seller Bea Manuel Sigua shared that the customer thought the cash inside a money cake was free.

Everybody loves a good money cake. From the young ones to the elderly, anyone would always have a huge smile when they start pulling the surprise cash inside. However, one customer had the odd idea that the cash inside was actually for free from the cake seller.

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Image by Bea Manuel Sigua via Facebook

P1,500 money cake with free P10,000 cash?

In a Facebook post of Bea, she shared a conversation she had with a customer who was disappointed that the money cake doesn’t have free cash inside. In the chat, the customer began by asking how much the cost of a cake was. Bea replied that it was around P1,500 to P2,000. The customer seems fine with the price and specifically instructed that it should contain P10,000.

“Sa February 2 po sana. P10k po ilalagay puro P100 na bills po,” the customer stated.

When Bea explained that the customer will have to provide the cash, she was surprised with the reply. The customer answered, “Hindi pa po yun kasama sa P1,500?”

When the cake seller explained that she won’t give away free money for P1,500 worth of cake, the customer decided to cancel the order. “Pass po, next time na lang po,” the customer wrote.

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Image by Bea Manuel Sigua via Facebook

Netizens react over hilarious conversation

The post has gone viral as many netizens were also struck with the unexpected request. It now has over 21,000 reactions as of posting and with many comments at how weird the customer’s request was. The odd request became a hilarious topic of conversation among netizens.  Many couldn’t believe at how the customer came up with the idea at all. Several cake sellers also chimed in sharing what they would do if they also receive such request.

One netizen commented, “Natawa ko sa akala niya libre 10k na bill sa loob ng cake. Lasing kaya nung ngchachat siya sayo.”

Bea said in jest that if only all money cakes had free cash inside, she would stop making them and just order one instead.

She remarked, “Hindi po ako nag aabono sa money cake. Hindi po ako mayaman. Kung bawat money cake 1500 lang halaga tapos may laman na 10k e di na po ako magbebake oorder nalang ako ng money cake sa ibang baker.”

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Student From Ilocos Sur Wins House and Lot in COVID-19 Vaccine Raffle

A student from Santa, Ilocos Sur couldn’t believe his luck when he won a house and lot in a Covid-19 vaccine raffle.

They always say that winning the lottery is like reaching for the stars. That’s why when Romulo Corpuz received a call that he won a house and lot, he had to jump for joy. Romulo is one lucky “bakunado” when he bagged the grand prize in a Covid-19 vaccine raffle in his hometown.

romulo house and lot
Image by Mike Corpuz Jr via Facebook

Romulo shouts for joy

The 22-year-old recalled that he was at the grocery store when he received the call. He shared on sa GMA Regional TV Balitang Amianan, “Nagsigaw-sigaw po ako kasi blessing na iyon.”

“’Tapos tumawag yung security. ‘Tapos tinanong niya kung ano yung sinisigaw ko. ‘Tapos sinabi ko na nanalo ako ng house and lot,”, he gleefully remembered.

Romulo’s mother, Mildred Corpuz, couldn’t help but be emotional with such a big blessing. What was supposed to be a normal vaccination day became a life changing event for them. She said winning the house and lot was the best Christmas gift they received.

“Blessing na blessing sa Christmas na ito, kasi yung anak ko nanalo sa house and lot. Ay, talagang excited na excited na…” Mildred shared.

romulo house and lot
Image by Mike Corpuz Jr via Facebook

Local government rewards vaccinated individuals

Many local government units have launched initiatives to encourage people to get vaccinated. In an effort to raise their vaccination rates, raffles, games and other rewards are given during “bakuna day”.

According to Mayor Jesus Bueno Jr, the local government was able to acquire a lot where the house was built. He said, “May namana kaming lupa dun sa site. Portion of that pinatayuan namin ng bahay.”

This January, Romulo and his family are now ready to move into their brand new house. Mayor Bueno also assured that the deed of donation will be given to them at the same time.

The local chief also encouraged Romulo to take active participation in youth-oriented programs of their barangay. “Sana pag nakuha niya yun, mas lalo pa siyang sisipag na maging katulong sa isang barangay, lalo na sa youth sector,” Mayor Bueno said.

In a game where the chances of winning is one in a million, Romulo sure did get his lucky stars aligned on his vaccination day!

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