Palace counting on Tulfo brothers' promise to refund P60-million ad money

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2018 05:52 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday said it is holding the Tulfo brothers to their word that they would return to government millions of ad revenues their media firm received from the Department of Tourism (DOT) under the leadership of their sister, former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.

“Well, they said it and we expect them to comply with what they said,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The statement comes after the Commission on Audit (COA) said Teo may be held liable for graft for the DOT’s ad placement, citing possible conflict of interest. 

The COA audit showed that P89.9 million of the agency's P120-million budget was paid to "Kilos Pronto," a show produced by Bitag Media Unlimited, which is owned by TV host Ben Tulfo, Teo's brother.

The controversy prompted the tourism chief to resign last May.