Ramon Tulfo arrested over cyber libel complaint

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2022 12:51 PM | Updated as of May 18 2022 11:08 PM

Media personality Ramon 'Mon' Tulfo during his booking procedure at the Special Mayor Reaction Team MPD, Manila City Hall on May 18, 2022. Mores Heramis, ABS-CBN News
Media personality Ramon "Mon" Tulfo during his booking procedure at the Manila City Hall on May 18, 2022. Mores Heramis, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – Media personality Ramon "Mon" Tulfo was arrested Wednesday over cyber libel charges, the Manila Police District (MPD) said.

An initial report from the MPD Public Information Office said Tulfo was apprehended by authorities around 10 a.m. at the quadrangle of the Manila City Hall.

Judge Maria Victoria Soriano-Villadolid of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 issued an arrest warrant against the broadcaster and columnist for alleged violation the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. 

Further details were not immediately available.

Tulfo is detained at the office of the MPD Special Mayor's Reaction Team, as of this posting. 

The broadcaster's lawyer, Alfred Campañano, said he would file an urgent motion to lift the arrest warrant within the day.

According to Tulfo, the charges stemmed from his failure to attend court proceedings, after former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in 2019 accused him of defamation for alleging that the former received a cut from the "pastillas" bribery scheme at Manila's airport. 

"I failed to attend hearings on 2 cases. 'Yung isa, I was in China performing my job as a special envoy. 'Yung pangalawa, one way or the other, hindi nakarating sa akin. Lifter na yung isa, yung isa hindi pa," Tulfo said.

He said being accused of libel "comes with the territory." 

"Kapag hard-hitting ka, minsan nasasaktan 'yung mga natatamaan mo," he said.

Tulfo called on public officials not to be "onion-skinned."

"Sa mga government official, don't be onion-skinned dahil iyan mismo ang sabi ng Supreme Court. Government officials should not be onion-skinned kasi trabaho nila iyan e. Para silang nasa fishbowl, na lahat ng kanilang ginagawa is being scrutinized by the public," he said.

Tulfo previously faced other libel charges. In March 2020, he surrendered to authorities after 2 regional trial court judges ordered his arrest for libel. 

— With reports from Raya Capulong and Jeffrey Hernaez, ABS-CBN News ​