Tulfo threatens libel case vs Inquirer

by Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2014 07:04 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2014 05:17 AM

MANILA - Broadcaster Erwin Tulfo may file a libel complaint against the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) for what he calls malicious and damaging allegations linking him to the pork barrel scam.

Atty. Nelson Borja, Tulfo's counsel, said PDI's headline story today alleging Tulfo got payoffs from the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) is libelous and completely damaging to his stature as a broadcaster. The report claimed the payoffs were in the guise of “advertising expenses.”

Besides Tulfo, the newspaper also named Carmelo del Prado Magdurulang or “Melo del Prado” of radio dzBB.

Borja said his client is ready to face the allegations, saying he has documents to prove that what Tulfo received was legitimate payment for advertising slots when he was still a commentator at RMN-dzXL.

Those payments were subject to taxes, he said.

Borja said they will ask PDI to explain why it should not be haled to court for the allegedly libelous story.

If PDI fails to do so, then Tulfo will have no other recourse but to go to court, he said.

He said TV5 continues to support its talent. Tulfo has not been sanctioned nor placed under preventive suspension, he said.


Meanwhile, GMA-DZBB will conduct a thorough investigation into the news report.

In a statement, Radio Operations Group consultant Mike Enriquez said: “In accordance with standard procedure, we will conduct a thorough investigation on any allegation of any violations. Due process will be observed and we will ensure that full sanctions will be applied if determined to be necessary.”

He said the network continues to adhere to standards of professional and personal behavior for all employees.