Palace hands off Medialdea-Tulfo row

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2019 03:58 PM

MANILA- Malacañang said Monday it will not take sides in the squabble between Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Manila’s special envoy to Beijing, Ramon Tulfo.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Palace would remain hands-off because the dispute between the 2 officials is "personal."

"That is personal between the two so we will not interfere," Panelo told reporters.

"Since charges have been filed, we cannot comment on the validity of the charges so we will wait," he said.

Medialdea has filed a libel complaint against Tulfo over the latter’s supposed “malicious” article in The Manila Times.

The complaint stems from Tulfo’s May 28 column piece, titled “The law of karma and Trillanes” which alleged that Medialdea has an “unholy” alliance with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office board member Sandra Cam.

The executive secretary had denied the claims of the article, noting that he and Cam only know each other by name and face.

“Clearly, it appears that it is beyond him to write about the truth and deliberately chose to malign my name and reputation,” he said.

Tulfo meanwhile said Medialdea shouldn’t be too sensitive on issues since he is a government official.

“Si Ginoong Medialdea ay isang government official. Dapat siya ay hindi onion-skinned o balat sibuyas,” he said.

(Mr. Medialdea is a government official and he shouldn’t be onion-skinned.)