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Raymart afraid as Tulfos vow revenge

Posted at | Updated as of 05/08/12 6:35 PM

Claudine - Raymart presscon. Photo by Jenny Reyes for ABS-CBNnews

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Raymart Santiago admitted he feels threatened after the brothers of columnist Mon Tulfo vowed to exact revenge on their show “T3” which aired late Monday afternoon.

Erwin Tulfo said Santiago should expect the Tulfo brothers to go after him and wife Claudine Barretto for allegedly mauling their brother in an altercation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on Sunday.

In an interview with “TV Patrol,” Santiago admitted that he is worried for his wife and kids, who are already traumatized over what happened.

“Narinig ko po [ang threats nila]. Siyempre po normal na tao lang po tayo. Siyempre po natatakot ako para sa asawa ko, sa mga anak ko,” he said.

“Natakot lang po ako sa mga sinabi ng mga kapatid niya dahil normal na tao ako, may mga anak, may asawa. Simpleng buhay lang naman ako eh. Hindi naman po ako sanay sa ganyang away,” he added.

Santiago again insisted that it was Tulfo who threw the first punch, as well as kicked him, at the airport.

“Sa akin lang po, kaya nangyari 'yon kasi prinotektahan ko ang pamilya ko. Hindi po totoong ako ang nagsimula ng away. Lumapit ako tinanong ko anong ginagawa niya bigla niya akong sinuntok,” he said.

Tulfo, however, was quick to deny this allegation.

“Wala akong dahilan na magsimula ng ganun dahil hindi ko naman sila kalaban. Pangalawa, nagmamadali akong lumabas dahil naghihintay na ang aking driver. Pangatlo, ako’y gutom na gutom na dahil malayo ang biyahe,” he said.

Tulfo also came to the defense of his brothers for threatening Santiago and Barretto on air.

Tulfo said his brothers were merely protecting him because he was the aggrieved party.

“Hindi mo masisisi iyan dahil kadugo ko iyan eh. Isang pusod lang kami, isa lang ang pinanggalingan namin. Pero sinabi ko nga sa kanila dahan-dahan na magsalita dahil tapos na ang pangyayari. Mas malakas ang public opinion kaysa gumanti tayo,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tulfo said that as of now he is not open to an amicable settlement.

“Sa ngayon magsisinungaling ako kung sasabihin kong hindi ako nasaktan. Kita niyo naman masyado akong dehado. Kokonsultahin ko ang abogado ko kung ako ay makikipag-aregalo,” he said.

Santiago, for his part, said he has decided to take the matter to court.

“Magsisinungaling ako kung [ready ako makipag-ayos]. Pag-iisipan ko pa dahil sa ginawa niya sa asawa ko,” he said.