Sick Singaporean Guy Lives in the Streets, Finds Help from Tulfo through Concerned Citizens

He came to the Philippines after falling in love with a Filipina, but a Singaporean guy is now living in the streets – even if he bought his girlfriend/partner a house with the money he got for selling his house in Singapore.

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Concerned citizens brought the plight of sick Singaporean guy, Arjuna Benjamin, to Raffy Tulfo’s attention as they took pity on him living in the streets, just waiting for other people to take pity on him and give him some food.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action / YouTube

A reporter from Raffy Tulfo in Action went to where Arjuna was to interview the neighbors and finally bring him to TV5 to meet the veteran broadcaster. It turned out that Arjuna had also been a journalist and was in the army for 20 years, leading to him having PTSD and a slight mental problem.

After meeting then-OFW Teresita Alvarez at a pub in Singapore, he fell in love with her and later followed her to the Philippines. In 2006, he sold his house in Singapore to live in the Philippines with Teresita, saying he wants to retire here for good.

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Arjuna estimates that he spent over Php20 million in the Philippines, including buying a house for Teresita and her three children with her ex-husband. He and Teresita would have two children who are now 7 and 10 years old.

But years after living together, the two had a major falling out that led Arjuna to live in the streets. He spent over Php20 million for Teresita, but he’s not even after getting that money back. When asked by Tulfo, he said he just wants to go home.

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Sabi ng panginoon, ‘Forgive those who do you wrong.’ So, patawarin ko siya,” Arjuna said.

Watch Part 1 of their story here:

The team called up Teresita who claimed she wants to meet Arjuna face to face to deny what he’s saying, but she can’t go to TV5 because she didn’t have any money. Tulfo was rather amused to learn she actually lives in Mandaluyong – after all the station is also in the same city! So, he offered to pay her taxi fare.

Taking her 5 kids along with her to the studio, a crying Teresita explained that she had a lot of trouble with Arjuna because of his mental illness. But Tulfo reminded her that in love, you just don’t give up on somebody when they go crazy; instead, you bring that person to the doctor and have him/her treated.

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One of Teresita’s older kids was also so angry at Arjuna, echoing his mother’s sentiments. He tried to sneak up on the Singaporean but Tulfo quickly intervened.

Arjuna remained calm throughout the meeting, telling Tulfo he’s not interested in getting his money back; he really just wants to go back to Singapore. Though he no longer has a house there or any money left, he thinks one of his cousins will accept him.

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Tulfo promised to pay for everything, including giving him a makeover after learning the only personal possessions he had left were in his small sling bag.

The ending of Part 2 is so heartbreaking as Arjuna hugs his two children while one of the older kids also hugged his head.

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Sana nga pagdating ng panahon magkita tayo ulit…” he told the kids.

Watch the heartbreaking Part 2 video here: