MANILA, Philippines – Despite their reputation for their explosive personalities on air, the Tulfo brothers are not happy whenever the tables are turned.
In the wake of the Commission on Audit report questioning the Department of Tourism’s payment to Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media Unlimited, Incorporated, the brothers have lashed out at other media outfits that reported on the story.
In several posts online, as well as on his livestream of Ben Tulfo Unfiltered, Ben Tulfo slammed GMA’s Mike Enriquez for the latter’s take on the COA audit.
Ano say mo, Mike Enriquez? Basahin at tignan mo maigi ang label ng sardinas mo! BUMA tang'na'mo! (tomato with chili) Gusto mo pala ng lokohan ha? Ito, spoof lang! Panoorin mo ang livestream ko sa Ben Tulfo Unfiltered. Lamang pinaglaruan mo ang Tulfo Brothers (Ben & Erwin). Dinamay niyo si DOT Sec. Wanda. PTV-4 ang isyu. Hindi ako. Gusto lang makita ng COA ang kontrata namin sa Kilos Pronto. Sinalsal niyo ang balita ng uhugin mong muchacho na si Joel Reyes Zobel na isang medya-medya.
Ben Tulfo’s behavior was criticized by fellow PTV host Jules Guiang. In a Facebook post, Guiang expressed dismay over how their behavior has tainted the reputation of the network he works for:
“I’m posting this because ever since this issue popped out, the silent and dedicated contractual workers of PTV are greatly affected. We try every day to provide quality service that will please our taxpayers. Now it will be more than difficult because we are once again tainted.
I hope people involved may speak up and be accountable enough to clear the name of the network.”
The screencap below shows how messed up the industry is.
“So ang lagay sila pwede mag-alipusta at manira ng buhay, pero pag sila na ang sinisita, bawal? Diyos ba sila ng industriya? Kung tunay nga kayong alagad ng media at kung tunay na gusto niyo ng pagbabago, simulan natin kung paano tayo mag-isip, magsalita, at gumalaw.“
(So how this goes is, they can bully and ruin lives but when they are being called out, it’s not allowed? Are they gods of the industry? If you are real vanguards of the media and you want real change, let’s start with how we think, speak, and act.)
Erwin Tulfo did not let this pass. During a live broadcast, he hinted at a snake in PTV. “Parang ang scientific name nuon ay Julesus Guyanus (The scientific name is Julesus Guyanus).
In a following tweet, Guiang said he has been told to refrain from posting on social media but he maintained that he has always been vocal about his stance on issues.
I was requested to refrain from social media, but just give me this one.— Jules Guiang(@JULESguiang) May 4, 2018
Being vocal was the reason why I was absorbed by PTV in 2012. I was consistent on making a stand on issues on my socmed platforms, BUT I have never used my shows to air my side.
Here’s to an uphill battle.
Erwin, the younger Tulfo brother, also railed against media organizations Rappler and the Philippine Daily Inquirer for reporting on the issue. In a video, Erwin Tulfo cussed out both media outfits, accusing them of setting out to ruin his reputation. (READ: Rappler responds to Erwin Tulfo: ‘Stick to the real issues’)