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Duterte asks Cabinet officials to use state-run media for information dissemination

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Courtesy : PCOO

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all cabinet officials to use the state-owned People’s Television Network (PTV) to present the programs and issues of their respective agencies, Malacañang said on Tuesday (June 11).

The President made the directive in his Cabinet meeting at the Palace last Monday.

“The Chief Executive instructed the members of his official family to utilize the government-owned television station to explain issues, concerns to the public relative to their respective departments,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

Panelo, however, denied that the President’s order was linked to Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista’s spat with broadcaster Erwin Tulfo.

Tulfo alleged that Bautista turned down their invitation to be interviewed on Tulfo’s program on the state-owned radio station.

Panelo reiterated that the directive was for the department heads to use the forum that will always be available to them to explain their concerns or issues.

“More on telling them na [that], ‘Uy, you have a forum, why don’t you use it’,” Panelo added.

PTV was created in 1992 by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 7306.

It was created “in consonance with the Constitutional recognition of the vital role of communication and information in nation-building.”

Panelo added that government media, particularly the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), will also be used in the pre-SONA (State of the Nation Address) activities of various Cabinet clusters next month. /mbmf

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PNP to conduct action if Erwin Tulfo fails to surrender expired firearms

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be forced to conduct police action against radio broadcaster Erwin Tulfo if he fails to surrender expired firearms.

According to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde Erwin’s firearms licenses have already expired since March.

The official also clarified that all expired License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF) needs to be renewed or surrendered.

“As an SOP [Standard Operating Procedure], lahat ng expired hindi lang kay Mr. Tulfo, sa lahat na nag-expire ang LTOPF we remind them to una, renew or surrender all their firearms because once your LTOPF is expired automatic iyong revocation ng mga licenses mo (As an SOP, all expired [firearms], not just Tulfo’s, we remind them to renew their license or surrender all their firearms because one your LTOPF is expired your license will automatically be revoked),” he said.

Meanwhile, PNP Firearms and Explosives Office Director PGen. Val de Leon said they already sent a letter to Tulfo for him to surrender his firearms but he still hasn’t responded.

De Leon also reiterated that Tulfo could have renewed his license even during the election period.

“Wala pa kaming na-monitor na sinurrender na niya ito. We intend to reiterate our effort at tulad ng sabi ng ating Chief PNP, we will be forced to take police actions kung hindi pa niya na-surrender (We haven’t monitored that he already surrendered it. And like what our Chief PNP said, we will be forced to take police actions if he still has not surrendered them),” he said.

Tulfo has not responded on the issue because he is still abroad.

Meanwhile, the Tulfo brothers may now re-apply for police escorts but Albayalde said there is no assurance it will be approved.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Malacañang denies appointment papers for Erwin Tulfo

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Erwin Tulfo

MANILA, Philippines – Rumors are surfacing that Malacañang has released the appointment paper of Erwin Tulfo as the new Presidential Communications Secretary effective July 1.

Tulfo is said to be replacing Secretary Martin Andanar as the latter is being eyed for the position of Presidential Political Adviser in lieu of incoming senator Francis Tolentino.

In a text message, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said: “It’s not true.”

When asked what he referred to as “not true” – the appointment papers or Tulfo being considered for the position – the executive secretary said that is not for him to answer. – (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Tulfo’s remarks vs DSWD chief a ‘factor’ in security detail pullout—PNP Chief

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019

(L-R) Broadcaster Erwin Tulfo and PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde

PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde has admitted that broadcaster Erwin Tulfo’s remark against Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista was a “factor” in the security detail pullout.

According to Albayalde, having a security detail is a privilege that should not be abused.

“Hindi magandang tingnan sa publiko na ang mismong pino-protektahan ng pulis ang mismong umaatake sa mga opisyal ng gobyerno, (It is not good for the public to see that those being protected by the police are the ones attacking government officials)” he said on Monday (June 3).

However, Albayalde clarified that it is not the basic reason. He said that recalling the Tulfo brothers’ security escorts is part of the review of the Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG).

“Of course, that is not the basic reason [Tulfo’s remarks] for the recall but it’s a factor also,” Albayalde said.

PSPG Director PCol. Filmore Escobal also said that the recall of security detail was not meant for the Tulfo brothers alone.

“It’s a part of a regular process of PSPG to periodically review the availment of PSP’s o Protective Security Personnel doon sa mga protectees so hindi lang po iyan sa specific personality but we periodically review, pinapa-report namin sila just to conduct police information and continuing education, (It’s a part of a regular process of PSPG to periodically review the availment of PSP’s o Protective Security Personnel for the protectees so that is not for a specific personality but we periodically review, we ask them to report to us just to conduct police information and continuing education ” he said.

READ: PMAAI calls out Tulfo for remarks vs DSWD Secretary

Meanwhile, Ben Tulfo, during his program on Monday (June 3) also reiterated that having a security is not a right but a privilege.

“Sanay kaming tanggalan ng mga PSPG kasi hindi karapatan iyan, pribilehiyo iyan, (We are used to it, because that is not a right but a privilege)” he said.

Erwin Tulfo has already issued an apology for his remarks against Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista.

Tulfo allegedly called Bautista ‘buang’ or crazy after the Social Security Secretary did not agree to an on-air interview.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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