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Tourism Board blames Montano, Teo in anomalous P80M Buhay Carinderia project

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The hasty payments ‘were done upon the directives of former COO and former Secretary of DOT,’ says the current management of the Tourism Promotions Board

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano (C), and former tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo (R) at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

Tulfo brothers, Aegis Juris, Dingdong Dantes | Evening wRap

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Wanda Teo mistakenly calls magical Surigao river 'Enchanted Kingdom'

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The former tourism chief mixes up popular destinations twice during the Senate hearing investigating her allegedly anomalous ad placements

KINGDOM OR RIVER? Former Tourism chief Wanda Teo mistakenly calls the beautiful Enchanted River in Hinatuan as Enchanted Kingdom, a popular theme park.

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

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

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

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Maria Ressa

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

More fun? Inefficiencies in Teo’s DOT term raise audit red flags

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The 2017 audit report of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is rife with delayed projects, deficient planning and multi-million projects that went unmonitored and cannot be measured for their worth

AUDIT RED FLAGS. Commission on Audit (COA) reveals multiple deficiencies and inefficiencies in how the Department of Tourism spent P2 billion of its budget in 2017 under the leadership of former secretary Wanda Teo.

COA flags P19 million travel allowances of DOT officials

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(UPDATED) The department spent P19.2 million on travel allowances alone in 2017, including P863,961 for resigned secretary Wanda Teo

TRAVEL ALLOWANCES. Department of Tourism officials including resigned secretary Wanda Teo, and current Undersecretaries Kat De Castro and Benito Bengzon receive hundreds of thousands worth of allowances for their foreign travels in 2017, according to the Commission on Audit.

Binay seeks to stop misuse of Duty Free funds amid Teo controversy

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says the Governance Commission for GOCCs should 'take seriously' its job to coordinate policies of government corporations

ACCOUNTABILITY. Senator Nancy Binay, chairman of the Senate committee on tourism, said the Governance Corporation for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations needs to strengthen its fiscal practices over the Comission on Audit's findings on the misuse of Duty Free funds. Photo from the Office of Senator Nany Binay

'A whiff of corruption, you're out': Notable Duterte admin exits and reappointments

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on corruption has cost many government officials their jobs. But some have been reappointed.

Joma: oust Duterte, Wanda Teo shopping spree, Princess Ayako | Evening wRap

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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COA: Teo illegally used Duty Free tourism funds to buy bags, cosmetics

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Merchandise bought using Department of Tourism funds include beddings, appliances, canned goods, branded bags, luxury brand cosmetics, and chocolates

DUTY FREE. Resigned tourism secretary Wanda Teo used DOT profit shares at Duty Free to buy merchandise and pay for a consultant according to the Commission on Audit. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

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

Mark Lapid, DOT execs from 3 administrations sued over Boracay Water contract

May 18, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The complainants allege that the Philippine Tourism Authority under Mark Lapid 'demonstrated a clear bias' towards the Manila Water Company Incorporated in the award of the contract to operate the waterworks and sewerage system of Boracay

TOURISM OFFICIALS. (Left to right) Former tourism officials Mark Lapid, Wanda Teo, Ramon Jiumenez, and (back) Cesar Montano face a graft complaint over a utilities contract in Boracay

'Buhay Carinderia' gets P80M in a month under Cesar Montano

May 16, 2018 - 9:23 AM

In less than a month, 90% of the P80-million sponsorship funds are paid to advertising company Mary Lindbert International for the Buhay Carinderia project, even if was far from completion

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano, and former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

[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.

Romulo Puyat vows to rid tourism department of corruption

May 09, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat promises there will be no corruption and says she will push for sustainable tourism

Romulo-Puyat vows to rid tourism department of corruption

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat checks an item at an agriculture fair. Photo from the Department of Agriculture Facebook page

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into P60-M DOT ads in Tulfos’ show

May 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the probe will 'look into the irregularities in the disposition of the DOT’s budget and its expenditures in advertising and marketing in order to ensure that government funds are legally and properly allocated'

PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the DOT advertisement placement in the 'Kilos Pronto' show.  File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Duterte names Bernadette Romulo Puyat as tourism chief

May 08, 2018 - 9:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat is an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is seen with Senator Cynthia Villar, Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Puyat, and Agrilink/ Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 Chairman Candelario Miculob in an event on October 5, 2017. Puyat is the new tourism secretary named by Duterte on May 8, 2018. Malacañang file photo

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.

Duterte didn't fire Wanda Teo – Topacio

May 08, 2018 - 3:45 PM

'The President trusted her to do what she thought was right,' says lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, when asked if President Rodrigo Duterte tried to stop the tourism chief from resigning

NEWS BRIEFING. Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio holds a news briefing on the resignation of his client, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, on May 8, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Tourism chief Wanda Teo resigns

May 08, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(4TH UPDATE) This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte had a long private conversation with Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in the face of calls for her resignation

ADS CONTROVERSY. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo holds a press briefing on September 1, 2016. Malacañang file photo

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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

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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.

Tulfo brothers to return P60M to government

May 07, 2018 - 2:03 PM

At the same time, the lawyer of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says Roberto Teo, her husband, will give up his seat in the board of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority under her department

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May 07, 2018 - 11:38 AM

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PROHIBITED. Campaign posters are banned from certain public places as the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections' campaign period begins. Rappler photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The wonders of Wanda Teo

May 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The conflict of interest situation here is as clear as her brothers’ oral gyrations on their shows. If she does not see that, Teo has no business staying a minute longer in government.

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May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

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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

Rappler responds to Erwin Tulfo: 'Stick to the real issues'

May 05, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Erwin Tulfo’s recent antics are typical of him – dragging others down when he’s in trouble

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

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Apr 30, 2018 - 10:35 AM

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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