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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

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

Gordon to Teo: Why place ads on 'Kilos Pronto' if it's not rating?

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Ben Tulfo says Senator Richard Gordon cited ratings from May to August this year, when 'Kilos Pronto' has already been pulled out from PTV

PROBE. Senate blue ribbon committee chairperson Richard Gordon grills former Secretary Wanda Teo on why they placed advertisements on PTV4 blocktimer Kilos Pronto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

National ID, Federalism Budget, Kris Aquino | Evening wRap

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

HOAX: 'Philippine warship' photo in PTV report on kidnapped OFWs in Libya

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) The original photograph is a Chinese frigate ship with the flag of China. PTV's news report changes the flag to that of the Philippines.

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.

2019 senatorial elections, Typhoon Gardo, Prince Louis baptism | Evening wRap

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

Opposition senators seek probe into PTV's planned airing of Chinese shows

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Airing Chinese shows on our state-run network poses a danger of spreading Chinese propaganda sanctioned by our government,' minority senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 780

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (right) and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua (left) try using one of the radios that the Chinese government donated to Philippine government-owned media groups, after a turnover ceremony in Malacañang Palace on February 27, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Alejano tags airing of Chinese shows in PTV as PH ‘surrender’ to China

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano argues PTV should focus on promoting Philippine culture and traditions instead of 'betraying' the country by airing Chinese shows

'SURRENDER TO CHINA'. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano slams the planning airing of Chinese shows in PTV. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - 9:54 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

FLOODED. People cross a flooded intersection in Manila, August 19, 2013. Photo by Rappler

PTV to air Chinese series, cartoons, movies dubbed in Tagalog

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:19 PM

This is 'DreamWorks made in China,' says Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua at the inauguration of China TV Theater on PTV

Malacañang expects Tulfos to return P60M payment for ads

May 31, 2018 - 2:34 PM

'We're counting on their word of honor,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

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

DOT chief says Tulfos haven't returned P60M yet

May 30, 2018 - 2:07 PM

'I leave it up to the COA kasi sila magsasabi kung may disallowance,' says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat when asked what her agency will do about it

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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.

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

#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

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

Aside from tourism ads, auditors flag PTV's P157-M spending

May 03, 2018 - 2:22 PM

COA flags P67.179 million in damages not charged to suppliers, P10.456 million in incentives without approval, and a P1.3-million non-existent parking lot project

AUDIT REPORT. State-run television network PTV-4 is flagged by the Commission on Audit for millions worth of spending.

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

FAST FACTS: What's in the PCOO budget?

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

PCOO's funds in the national budget include those for attached agencies such as the Philippine Information Agency, RTVM, and the National Printing Office

PTV4 abruptly ends contract of anchor Kathy San Gabriel

Jun 30, 2017 - 6:01 PM

UPDATED The veteran anchor and broadcast journalist who worked with the government network for 11 years is informed her contract won t be renewed only two days before it expires

Bill seeks to create People’s Broadcasting Corp to replace PTV-4

Aug 12, 2016 - 3:34 PM

The proposed new government TV station is envisioned to meet international standards

NEW GOV'T TV STATION. Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas files a bill establishing the People's Broadcasting Corporation.

No more press briefings for President-elect Duterte

Jun 03, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Rodrigo Duterte will instead course his messages through the state owned PTV 4 says his longtime aide

LAST PRESS CON? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte explains himself to journalists on June 2, 2016, after he came under fire for catcalling a female television reporter during an earlier press conference. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Aquino approves privatization of IBC-13

Jan 25, 2016 - 6:46 PM

UPDATED The decision paves the way for a public bidding with an estimated floor price of nearly P2 billion

PTV-4 union officers sacked over SONA rally

Dec 19, 2014 - 8:00 AM

PTEA president Angelina Arguellas describes this period in PTV 4 as rock bottom for labor rights in her 17 years of work with the network

RALLY. PTV-4 employees join a mass demonstration on July 28 to air grievances. All photos courtesy of PTEA

IBC-13 to be privatized before Aquino steps down – Coloma

Sep 03, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma tells senators that President Aquino wants the government to keep only one TV network and that is PTV 4

BUDGET HEARING: The Presidential Communications Operation Office presents its budget to the Senate

ABS-CBN welcomes, GMA-7 opposes PTV-4 changes

Mar 24, 2013 - 10:46 AM

The Philippines two biggest television networks offer differing opinion on the new law that allows state owned PTV 4 to be infused with public funds

Aquino signs law ‘revitalizing’ PTV-4

Mar 20, 2013 - 8:55 PM

The new law calls for P5 billion fresh capital infusion an advisory council