Bitag

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Also known as Bitag: X-treme/Bahala si Bitag
Genre News and Public Affairs/Investigative/Reality show
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Created by Ben Tulfo
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Original run 14 September 2002 –
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[ Official website]
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Bitag/Bitag X-treme is a reality investigative television program in the Philippines hosted by Ben Tulfo. The program boasts its unique elements, particularly its aggressive and persuasive approaches in investigation, adopting the image of the Tulfo clan. The show was first aired on September 14, 2002 as a public service program for Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC-5), until it was moved permanently to Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13). Despite its limited exposure, Bitag also find yet another home at UNTV-37 where its episodes are replayed during the weekdays, and simulcast on DZME Radyo Uno.

Contents

About the Show

The program, which usually comes out with 3 different cases, starts with an overview of the complaint which Ben Tulfo and his team exhaustively investigate. A surveillance is operated and once the tips are at hand, an undercover operation and reconnaissance follow with assistance from the law enforcers. Most of the tips come from the victim, an insider or an asset within a syndicate.

What makes this program different from other investigative shows is that its host, Ben Tulfo, literally partakes in the operations and works as an investigator to all the cases. With the help of a team of professional investigators, masters of weapons, and the local authority, they operate in a planned manner. Since most of their operations are critical, Tulfo and his crew were always armed. The show also airs all its cases whether these succeed or fail.

Controversy

Bitag host and producer Ben Tulfo

Ben Tulfo's harsh and often reckless actions both receive praises from supporters and disgusts from those who find his behavior repulsive. His cut-throat, in-your-face approach also causes him to be in a difficult, tension-filled situations ranging from simple exchange of heated arguments and physical confrontations, to a firearm either pointed at him and his staff or shot. All these scenes are caught in camera and shown for public consumption. As the producer of the show itself, Tulfo prefers a more realistic presentation of their operations no matter how disturbing it could be. It lacks reenactments or dramatizations, and formal scripts. Thus, the taglines of the show which Tulfo iterates - ”Hindi ito drama, di tulad ng iba!” and The REAL reality TV!


Awards and Recognitions

  • Winner, Best Public Service Program - 2005 & 2007 PMPC Star Awards for Television
    • IBC 13 (2005)
    • UNTV 37 (2007)
  • Winner, Best Public Service Program Host - 2005 PMPC Star Awards for Television

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