MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 6th Division has ordered broadcaster Erwin Tulfo to attend the hearing of a former Makati City prosecutor who is facing direct bribery and violation of ethical standards charges before the anti-graft court.
The 6th Division issued a subpoena to Tulfo and his cameraman Arnel Tugade to appear before the court Monday but only Tugade was served as Tulfo is no longer working at TV5.
The court wanted the testimony of Tulfo and Tugade as they covered and aired the entrapment operation in Makati City on May 24, 2012 which was conducted by the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group and resulted to the arrest of former Assistant Prosecutor Rocky Caponong.
Caponong requested for the testimonies of Tulfo and Tugade as well as the presentation of the “large camera” which was used during the entrapment operation.
Caponong is facing one count of direct bribery and one count of violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees for supposedly soliciting and accepting P6,500 from Herminio Sablawan Jr.
Sablawan Jr. is a complainant in a reckless imprudence case resulting to damage to property against a JAC liner driver which was undergoing preliminary investigation by Caponong.
The total amount of P6,500, given in three tranches of P500, P1,000 and P5,000 (ten pieces of P500 bills dusted with fluorescent powder) was supposedly for the “speedy disposition” of the case filed by Sablawan against the driver, according to the charges filed by the Office of the Ombudsman.
While he was connected with TV5 at the time the entrapment operation happened, Tulfo is now working as an anchor for government-run Radyo Pilipinas.