MANILA - Will the Tulfo brothers return to government some P60 million that their media firm earned from the placement of tourism ads in their television program? If Ben Tulfo has his way, the siblings will not "even if the eyes of those urging them to do so turn white."
Tulfo's sister, Wanda Teo, resigned as Tourism chief in May after state auditors flagged the alleged lack of contract when government station PTV-4 aired tourism ads on "Kilos Pronto," a blocktimer show hosted by Ben and Erwin Tulfo.
"Sa mga nagsasabing isauli ang pera at hinihintay daw ang 60-M, mamuti na mga mata niyo! Wala kaming isasauli!" Tulfo wrote in a Facebook post last Thursday.
(To those telling us to return the money and waiting for the P60 million, may your eyes turn white. We will return nothing.)
It was Teo's lawyer and spokesperson, Ferdinand Topacio, who claimed that the siblings would return the P60-million ad payment.
Tulfo maintained that the transaction was above board.
"Excuse me, tinrabaho namin iyun, may kontrata. Mayroon kaming kopya lahat, ebidensya," he said in the July 26 episode of "Bitag."
(Excuse me, we worked for that, there was a contract. We have copies of everything, evidence.)
"Malinis ho ang konsensya namin. Hindi ko kami nangungulimbat, hindi ho kami nagnanakaw ng pera sa gobyerno. Kung kami po ay binayaran, dahil po may serbisyong idinulot," he added.
(Our conscience is clean. We did not plunder public funds. If we were paid, that is because a service was rendered.)
Tulfo made the pronouncement on his return to work after taking time off "to rest," he said.