Broadcaster and columnist Ramon Tulfo.
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MANILA – Broadcaster and columnist Ramon Tulfo has been charged with libel and cyber libel after he published three newspaper columns allegedly discrediting the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chief.
BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay, the complainant, said Tulfo published three “undoubtedly false and defamatory” columns in The Manila Times.
Dulay is seeking P20 million in damages and a travel ban for Tulfo, who is the Special Envoy for Public Diplomacy to China.
The official filed the charges before the Quezon City Prosecutors office on Thursday. Tulfo and The Manila Times editors and officials face three counts of libel and seven counts of cyber libel.
In his columns this month, Tulfo called for an investigation against Dulay over what the columnist claimed was payment of P65 million instead of tax amounting to P8.7 billion.
In another column, Tulfo accused Dulay of having “skeletons in the closet at the graft-ridden agency”. He also wrote another column alleging that the BIR chief was bribed by corporations.
Dulay said that Tulfo’s columns “not only directly pictured me as a corrupt official, an animal, a thief, minion of Satan, greedy bastard”, but also “maliciously portrayed me as a criminal.”
Tulfo is the brother of TV personalities Ben Tulfo, Erwin Tulfo and Raffy Tulfo, who visited distressed Filipinos in Dubai in March. GAD/Expat Media
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