May 8, 2012
Tulfo vs Santiago: The Charges Continues
Written under: Philippines
Actor Raymart Santiago and columnist Ramon Tulfo swapped charges of physical injuries and grave coercion before the Pasay City police and the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday over the brawl that occurred on Sunday at the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
Chief Inspector Joel Templora Goforth, chief of the Pasay City criminal investigation division, said the first to file a complaint was Raymart Santiago, his wife Claudine Barretto, and a certain Eduardo Attilano, who accused Tulfo of attacking their group twice at the airport.
For Tulfo, in his complaint before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office, he said that it was Santiago who punched him when he refused to give the cell phone he used in taking the photo of Claudine berating a ground staff of Cebu Pacific. Lawyer Mario Heneral, Tulfo’s legal counsel, said his client suffered severe injuries in the right eye and neck.
He said they are still waiting for the final medical examination report to determine the charges they would file.
Police Officer 2 Joel Landicho, investigator-on-case, said they will conduct a re-enactment of the scuffle and will also request footage of the CCTV at the airport before they submit the final report on the case.
Tulfo’s brothers Erwin, Raffy and Ben had harsh words for Barretto and Santiago in their TV program T3.
Although the case can be considered as public scandal, no formal charges have been filed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials against the personalities involved.
As far as Malacañang is concerned, the reported attack on Tulfo by Santiago and Barretto cannot be likened to an attack on the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of the press.