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Mon Tulfo: Andanar ‘manipulated’ irregular DOT-PTV deal

Jun 03, 2019 - 2:42 PM

‘Ben and Andanar manipulated it. Andanar manipulated the whole thing,’ says Ramon Tulfo

Regine Velasquez: 'This is about people destroying Mother Earth'

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The singer, who had criticized the country's top diplomat over statements on the illegal poaching of endangered giant clams in the West Philippine Sea, thanks all those who defended her on social media

FOCUS ON NATURE. Regine Velasquez finds herself dealing with controversy after she criticizes statements by the country's top diplomat

Ben Tulfo berates Regine Velasquez: 'Entertainer ka lang'

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Ano ba ang alam nitong si Regine Velasquez other than kumanta lamang?' says the TV and radio personality after the singer scored Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr over his giant clam comments

ASIA'S SONGBIRD. The Kapamilya star attracts the ire of staunch Duterte supporter Ben Tulfo. Photo from Regine Velasquez's Instagram

Ben Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: PTV still owes us money

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Tulfo refuses to answer how much the government owes his production company Bitag Media

UNPAID. Bitag Media CEO Ben Tulfo says his contract with PTV4 is valid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon: 'Clear conflict of interest' in Tulfos' P60-M ad deal

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'That's graft and corruption,' says Senate blue ribbon chair Richard Gordon, as he concludes the probe into the Tulfo siblings' advertisement deal

Photo by Angie de Silva

Tulfos: We will not return P60M to government

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'Wala ho sa isip ko magsasauli kasi wala akong ginawang ilegal. Papanindigan po namin ang kontrata, legal po ito. Wala po kaming ginawang illegal,' says Ben Tulfo during a Senate hearing

Photo by Angie de Silva

LIVE: Senate hearing on Tulfo's P60-M earnings from DOT ad placements

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Watch the hearing on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

Trillanes, Tulfos face off in Senate probe into P60-M DOT ad deal

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Heated arguments ensue during the Senate investigation into the questionable advertisement deal between the Department of Tourism and Bitag Media

Photo by Angie de Silva

Arroyo hosts a thank you lunch, manhunt for leftists, Nam Joo-Hyuk | Evening wRap

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:45 PM

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Legal process continues despite Ben Tulfo refusal to return P60M – Roque

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Tulfos are supposed to return the payment because of a Commission on Audit notice of disallowance, but this can still be appealed

Trillanes to file plunder complaint vs Wanda Teo, Tulfo brothers

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also says the Senate should look into 'how much more of the people's money was squandered' when Wanda Teo was tourism secretary

PLUNDER. Teo's photo from Malacanang, Tulfo brothers' photo from Bitag media

Hague ruling anniversary, Tulfo audit, Kylie Jenner | Evening wRap

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

COA sees graft: How Ben Tulfo earned from P120-million PTV-DOT deal

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media gets 75% of the cut or P89.878 million in airing cost for tourism segments, while documents show Bitag is also entitled to production cost

BIG CUT. Ben Tulfo's Bitag Media gets 75% of the cut of the total airing cost of tourism segments paid by Department of Tourism to People's Television Network.

Tulfo brothers, Bangsamoro Basic Law, Dua Lipa in Manila | Evening wRap

May 31, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

Guevarra on Calida, Puyat on Tulfo brothers, ABC cancels Roseanne | Evening wRap

May 30, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A tale of two stinks

May 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

As it happens, Topacio is our link between two stinks – the one surrounding the Tulfos now and the one exploded in 2005 by Gloria Arroyo, former president and now Deputy Speaker and seemingly an eternal Topacio client

Mon Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: 'Ben to be blamed, not Wanda'

May 10, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Mon Tulfo, the eldest among siblings, breaks his silence, saying, 'I am not trying to get Wanda off the hook in a case that might constitute plunder; as I said earlier, I want people to know the inside story'

SIBLINGS. From left to right: Wanda Tulfo Teo, Ramon Tulfo, and Ben Tulfo.

Wanda Teo resigns, Duterte on Dengvaxia, Avengers cast get tattoos | Evening wRap

May 08, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Teo has ‘no idea’ her brothers Ben and Erwin Tulfo host ‘Kilos Pronto’

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

This claim by the resigned tourism secretary's lawyer is contrary to state auditors' finding the contract signed by DOT 'specifically required' PTV to air ads on 'Kilos Pronto'

SIBLINGS. From left to right: Ben Tulfo, Wanda Tulfo Teo, and Erwin Tulfo. Teo's photo from Malacanang, Tulfo brothers' photo from Bitag media

Ombudsman probes P60-million DOT-Tulfo controversy

May 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman is looking into the controversy that led to the resignation of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo

SIBLINGS. Erwin Tulfo, resigned tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, and Ben Tulfo (L-R) are embroiled in a controversy after the tourism department's P60 million payment for advertisements were paid to the Tulfos' production company, Bitag Media.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 8, 2018

May 08, 2018 - 11:47 AM

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Teo denies resignation, Duterte on De La Serna, Mayweather in Manila | Midday wRap

May 08, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Roque confirms private conversation of Duterte, Teo

May 08, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) This comes following a report that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo after a Cabinet meeting on May 7

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo prior to the start of the 25th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on May 7, 2018. Malacañang photo

Tulfo brothers to return P60M, Robredo backs Sereno, Mayweather to visit Manila | Evening wRap

May 07, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Returning P60M to gov't 'admission of guilt' by Tulfos – Akbayan

May 07, 2018 - 6:31 PM

'If she had an ounce of delicadeza, she would resign. Returning the money should not stop probes for accountability. It also doesn’t correct an illegal act,' says Akbayan's Gio Tingson, referring to Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo

Another DOT project that Tulfo’s Bitag bagged: 'I Travel Pinas' show

May 07, 2018 - 4:25 PM

It raises the question of how Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. got the contract to produce the flagship show of the Department of Tourism (DOT), and how much and in what way they are paid

FLAGSHIP SHOW. I Travel Pinas is the flagship show of the Department of Tourism airing Sundays on state-run channel PTV 4.

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Tulfo brothers go after other media outfits, colleagues

May 05, 2018 - 9:17 PM

The Tulfo brothers are engaged in word wars with other media practitioners and organizations over backlash following a Commission on Audit report

Malacañang on Cayetano, COA on PTV, Giuliani on Trump | Evening wRap

May 03, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

FACT CHECK: Wanda Teo claims no hand in P60M ads, but DOT contract specified Bitag

May 01, 2018 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) The audit report says the contract signed by DOT 'specifically required' PTV to air ads on Kilos Pronto, the show produced by the brother of Tourism Secretary Teo

ADS CONTROVERSY. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo finds herself in the middle of a controversy after an audit report flags P60 million worth of ad placements paid to her brother's production company. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler


Malacañang to probe DOT payment for ads on Ben Tulfo show

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has heard of the controversy and wants to get to the bottom of things, says the Palace

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos have risen to 2.7 billion in January this year according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Malacañang Photo

Wanda Teo claims no hand in DOT's P60-million deal with PTV

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after state auditors questioned the P60-million payment made by the Department of Tourism to People's Television Network for ad placements in her brother Ben Tulfo's show

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo reassures the media that the government will not spend funds for hosting the Miss Universe pageant next year during a press briefing in Malacañan on September 1. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

COA questions P60-M DOT ads payment to Ben Tulfo's media outfit

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:48 PM

State auditors direct the People's Television Network, Incorporated to produce documents to support the Department of Tourism's payments to PTV 4 blocktimer Bitag Media Unlimited, Incorporated

Tulfo show gets 3-month suspension

May 30, 2012 - 2:28 PM

MTRCB also imposes a P100 000 fine on the shows hosts — Erwin Ben and Raffy Tulfo

SUSPENDED SHOW. The MTRCB suspends the Tulfo brothers' show for airing threatening remarks against the Santiago couple. Photo courtesy of TV5

Mon Tulfo: TV5 wants to keep the ratings

May 12, 2012 - 2:27 PM

The May 7 rating of T3 the show of the Tulfo brothers Erwin Raffy and Ben was the highest it has recorded

mon Tulfo being interviewed in his office Wed 9 May 2012. Photo by John Javellana.

Mo Twister, Charice, and a Twitter joke gone wrong

May 09, 2012 - 5:56 PM

He has become infamous for his antics but it looks like Mo Twister has no plans of stopping

IN THE MIDDLE AGAIN. DJ Mo Twister finds himself in the middle of controversy anew. Photo from everythinginbudget.blogspot.com

Tulfo: TV5 suspended my brothers

May 09, 2012 - 12:49 PM

The suspension comes after TV5 called the Tulfo brothers unethical for threats they aired against actor Raymart Santiago and his wife

HARD-HITTING. Ramon Tulfo on air on DWIZ after the NAIA fist fight. Photo by Patricia Evangelista