MANILA – Broadcaster Erwin Tulfo was stripped off his police escorts partly because he berated the social welfare secretary for refusing to be interviewed on his program, the chief of the Philippine National Police said on Monday.
"Good moral character" is part of the criteria for the grant of police escorts as in permits to carry firearms, said Director General Oscar Albayalde. The pullout of Tulfo's detail was also part of a "periodic review," he said.
"If you’re giving protection and he attacks you, what would you do?" Albayalde said.
"Sino bang maniniwala sa amin kung sasabihin namin na walang kinalaman iyon?" he said.
(Who would believe us if we will say that has nothing to do with it?)
"It has something to do with these comments to the secretary of the DSWD, but that is not the main reason," he said.
The military earlier pulled out the security detail of Tulfo's older brother, Ramon, but it said it was unrelated to the younger sibling's comments against Social Welfare Sec. Rolando Bautista.
An online petition on Change.org seeking a public apology from Erwin Tulfo to Bautista has garnered more than 7,100 signatures as of Monday noon.