PMA alumni group declares Erwin Tulfo persona non grata

Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2019 07:01 PM

MANILA -- The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAAI) declared news anchor and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo as persona non grata following his outburst against Social Welfare Secretary and former Philippine Army chief, Rolando Bautista. 

The declaration was formalized in a board resolution signed by PMAAAI Chairman and CEO, retired Major General Rufo De Veyra, and president and Chief Operating Officer, Police Colonel Arthur Bisnar. 

It cited Tulfo’s use of "foul, offensive and derogatory language" against Bautista, who is a member of the PMA Class of 1985.

It argued that the broadcaster’s actions and words were not only contrary to the Broadcast Code of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and the Journalist’s Code of Ethics of the National Press Club, it also violated R.A. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, and the Revised Penal Code. 

Tulfo's tirade against Bautista happened after the latter rejected a call for an interview during the broadcaster’s radio program ‘Tutok Tulfo’. It was simultaneously aired on May 30 2019 by DZRB Radyo Pilipinas 1 and uploaded on Tulfo’s Facebook Page. 

The PMAAAI Board of Directors resolved that Tulfo’s "presence or participation, physical or by proxy, shall not be appreciated in all activities held inside or outside areas of jurisdiction by the Association or any of its chapter members and affiliate organizations." 

He will also be "dispossessed of the privileges and courtesies granted to responsible media practitioners" in such activities. 

The resolution says Tulfo “committed the great injustice of including in his rants the Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) which also counts the general membership of the PMAAAI”.

“The PMAAAI takes offense and strongly condemns the boorish behaviour and derogatory remarks of Mr. Tulfo that spilled over the ranks of the active and retired Officers, Men, and Women of the MUP thereby assailing the very core of service to country and people of which the PMAAAI squarely stands for,” the resolution reads. 

The resolution was approved during the PMAAAI Board of Directors meeting on June 7, 2019 in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. 

The general membership of the association was "strongly enjoined to unequivocally abide by it and report any breach of the conditions for immediate and corresponding sanctions."