Broadcaster and news anchor Erwin Tulfo denied a newspaper report that he was involved in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer came out with a story written by Nancy Carvajal on Wednesday saying Tulfo accepted bribe money by receiving a check amounting to P249,000.
The report also said the bribe money was made to look like an “advertisement payment,” according to former National Agri Business Corp. (Nabcor) officials Rhodora Mendoza and Vic Cacal. The check was dated March 2009 and encashed at the UCPB bank in Ortigas.
But Tulfo’s legal counsel Nelson Borja said if his client had a check, it was given to him as payment for a commercial placement or advertisement of the Department of Agriculture (DA) or Nabcor for DZXL, where Tulfo used to work as radio anchor.
“Suportado ng mga dokumento yan tulad ng BIR forms na kinaltasan ng buwis kaya malinaw na bayad sa commercial yan at hindi suhol ng Nabcor,” Borja explained.
“Medyo na sensationalize yung istorya kaya naging irresponsible journalism,” he added.
The lawyer further said that Carvajal should have checked with DZXL if Nabcor placed a commercial to them during that time.
“Ang malupit, sinabi niya na suhol ito pero pinalabas lamang na bayad sa advertisement ang tseke,” the lawyer explained.
Borja said they are planning to file appropriate charges against Carvajal, Mendoza and Cacal, and other officials of the Inquirer this week.
He stressed that the PDI article was malicious and they have no basis that the money was really a bribe.
Borja said that Tulfo is also a media man and he knows the trend. They also expressed willingness not to push through with the filing of the case should Carvajal correct her story and ask for apologies.
He said that they are also wondering why Mendoza said that the check was a bribe when the DA had placed a commercial on the said radio that time and this was supported by evidences.