Well-known broadcast journalist Erwin Tulfo voluntarily retired from his home network TV5; expressed sadness over the television station’s downsizing.
In an article written by Glen Sibonga of PEP, it was disclosed that Tulfo has retired from being an employee of TV5 and just chose to remain a talent.
“I talked to Chot Reyes, siya yung bagong presidente ng company. He asked me, ‘Mag-a-avail ka ba ng retirement?’ Kasi pag nag-retire ako, I will become a talent na lang, hindi na regular [I talked to Chot Reyes, the company’s new president. He asked me, ‘Are you going to avail of a retirement?’ When I retire, I will become a talent only, I will no longer be regular],” he said.
Tulfo, a veteran news anchor and radio commentator, is the host of Tutok Tulfo; co-host of T3: Kapatid sagot Kita! alongside his brothers Raffy and Ben; and one of the news anchor of Aksyon alongside Cheryl Cosim.
He said he had to think about a week before he was able to decide whether he will remain a regular or just be a talent.
“I weighed, kung regular ka, may suweldo ka. Kumpleto ka ng benefits. Kung talent ka, may premium ka naman, makakapag-launch ka ng program [I weighed, if you are regular, you have a salary and complete benefits. If you are a talent, you have premium, you can launch a program],” he shared.
The broadcast journalist said he sought advice from Reyes. He also asked his brothers.
Then he eventually decided to become a talent.
“Starting November 1, I’m a talent now of TV5, not a regular employee,” he disclosed.
“I was happy with the award, but during that time I was kind of sad and down. Kasi [because], it was also the time that we are downsizing… It was sad kasi may mga kasamahan ako na [because I have colleagues] they have been with TV5 for quite a while,” he shared.
“I was kind of down noong mga araw na iyon, that weekend. Kasi nga usap-usapan noong Friday, mag-a-avail ka ba ng retirement o hindi [I was kind of down during those days, that weekend. Because they were talking about whether they will avail of retirement or not],” he added.