Raymart Santiago, pals gang up on Mon Tulfo at Naia 3

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A YouTube videograb shows Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo being held in a headlock during a scuffle at the NAIA Terminal 3 after he took photos of actress Claudine Barretto.

A brawl erupted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 over cell phone photos of an actress berating a ground stewardess of a budget airline.

Actor Raymart Santiago and at least six other men ganged up on Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist and radio host Ramon Tulfo on Sunday for taking photos of the former’s wife, actress Claudine Barretto, according to Tulfo’s account.

Tulfo said he arrived at Naia 3 from Davao City on a Cebu Pacific flight when he noticed a woman giving the stewardess a dressing down.

“The ground stewardess was on the verge of tears,” Tulfo told the Inquirer over the phone, recalling what caught his attention before the beating he received.

He said he initially sympathized with the woman after learning from onlookers that she had been complaining of “an off-loaded luggage,” which had been a subject of critical columns he wrote before.

He did not recognize the woman as Barretto until he walked toward the airline’s complaints desk.

Mobile phone

Tulfo pulled out his mobile phone and took photos of the scene, which he said would form part of a column he intended to write, when a man from the actress’ group approached him.

The man, whom he later recognized as Barretto’s husband, “demanded to get my phone which I used in taking shots.” Tulfo said he refused to surrender his phone.

Santiago continued to force Tulfo to give up his phone when several men joined the actor, according to the columnist. Tulfo said he could not recall who threw the first punch because he was being ganged up.

Hit on blind side

Tulfo, a martial arts expert, said he was hit on his blind side as the punches kept coming.

The brawl took place shortly past noon at the baggage claim area.

While trying to fight his way out, Tulfo said Barretto, who was nearby, repeatedly cursed at him. He said he might have hit the actress with a kick as he tried to fight back.

“This is the real persona of an actress who is always portrayed [in the movies] as a martyr,” he said.

He said he pitied the ground staff of Cebu Pacific whom Barretto berated.

Both Barretto and Santiago denied Tulfo’s accusations in separate interviews.

Barretto said on radio that it was Tulfo who started the commotion.

The actress said it was the radio host and columnist who threw the first punch.

In an interview with Inquirer Entertainment and posted on after the incident, Santiago said that when he approached Tulfo to ask him about his cellphone video, the columnist suddenly punched and kicked him and his wife.

“Why would I hit an older man in front of my children? I wasn’t brought up by my parents that way,” he explained.

He added that his children were traumatized by the incident.

CCTV footage

The actress said she and her husband were asking for the CCTV footage from airport authorities to prove their innocence.

Baggage missing

Santiago said the complaints stemmed from the airline’s decision not to load some of their luggage on the same flight they took from Boracay to Manila.

“Our group consisted of three families,” he said. “Two of the families’ baggage went missing. The airline should’ve informed us of their decision to load our things on a different plane. Some of the children’s things and medicines were in the missing bags.”

Tulfo said Barretto continued “cussing” at him when they met for the second time at the airport police station. “I could only give her a smile as she fumed at me.”

At the same time, Tulfo denounced the Naia security personnel and the airport police for failing to restrain Barretto’s party as they were restoring order in the area.


He said he had submitted to the authorities when they arrived and as they were sorting things out, “somebody lunged behind me and grabbed me by the neck.”

The choking lasted a couple of seconds, and Tulfo said he could have passed out if it happened a few moments longer.

No arrests were made by the Manila International Airport Authority’s police intelligence and investigation department (PIID).

Lieutenant Demterio Sison, PIID officer in charge, said his men “have yet to determine the suspects in this incident. That is why, no arrests were made by Naia 3 policemen.


“Right now, we have two sets of complainants. Mr. Tulfo on one side and Claudine Barretto and husband Raymart Santiago on the other side. We are still investigating the case,” he told the Inquirer.

Sison, who noted contusions on Mr. Tulfo’s face, said the airport police were still trying to find out who started the fight.

Tulfo reportedly chanced upon Santiago and Barretto, who were among the passengers of Cebu Pacific Flight No. 5J 896 from Boracay.

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  • Jairelle

    I based na lang nila yung Testimony nila RAYMART na sinipa daw ni TULFO si Claudine kaya sya nag kagalos at kaya daw nila pinag tulungan si TULFO.. Doon palang Makikita mo ng SINUNGALING sila.. Kung Papanoorin mo ang VIDEO nang bugbugan nila,.. SOBRANG LINIS KINIS ng LEGS ni Claudine mapa left man or right.. So doon palang mali na mga sinasabi ng kampo ni Raymart.. Buti pa tong si Tulfo, kahit hindi sya sigurado, sinabi nyang maaring nasipa nya si Claudine ng hindi sinasadya sa dami ng bumubugbug sumasabunot sumasakal sa kanya.. Grabe 65 yearsold na si tulfo, pagtulungan daw ba? sus… Mga may pinag aralan ba yang mga yan? mga mukhang tambay lang sa kanto mga gagawa nyan ah? Hindi maitatama ng isang mali ang isa pang pagkakamali… Yan tandaan nyo GAYMART SANTIAGO…

    • Dinan Nakila

       According to other witnesses, that video was taken after that incident. Walang nakapagtake ng video nang kinonfront ni Claudine si Tulfo and sinapak cya ni Tulfo. That video was only their reaction to the first incident.

  • Jaymhel Mercado

    hintayin nalang ang resulta ng kaso

  • Renz Perlas

    Raymart Idol p nman kita since bata pa ako yon pala duag ka, Artista k nga, over acting pati matanda binugbog ninyo.

    • Dinan Nakila

       Unang nanapak si Tulfo kay Claudine when she angrily asked for the phone that took her pix. Kinarate nya si Claudine kaya nagalit ang grupo ni Claudine. Listen to both sides first before you judge.

  • Manila Inv Property

    You have to remember when you are a celebrity you are in the spectrum of a media. If you are a celebrity or a public figure you cannot say you are only legally to be film by paparazi in a certain timeframe in public places. Claudine and her husband is in a public place therefore Tulfo is entitled within his rights to take photo of them and write circus about them. Thats what a columnist job find juicy news. If you don’t want to be a subject of a juicy news then show an ethical behaviour. They could have gone after the airline industry instead of the poor lady behind the countrer.I don’t know Tulfo but if somebody demanded my cellphone which is my own property and never given me a time to explain myself I would definitly budge. He may have throw a first punch – I would throw a first punch too if you cross the line of human privacy. “If you dont know what Im talking about – try standing infront of somebody face within an inch of a distance. Thats crossing privacy a line and tell me if you wouldnt use your hands.” You try hitting a paparazi or a comlumnist in hollywood and see what kind of lawsuit you can get yourself into.Bottom line is “A celebrity or public figure has the responsibility to act in ethical manner at all times. You cannot barate an average worker just because you are a public figure. That is just pure ignorance! On the other hand if Claudine is acting amicably towards the airport worker – Tulfo would have no reason to take a photo of them. I would be incline to side with Claudine’s family and justify their rights if Tulfo is just taking picture just for a kicks!”But ganging up on a 62 year old man submitting him into a headlocked while your other buddy throwing punch at him is uncalled for and not an excuse! Think you feel macho? If that was me on the airport you throw that shot at me I’ll guarantee you will walk out the airport with 3 eyes!Ghetto Superstar!!!!!!!!

  • Via

    Ang masasabi ko lang mga HAMBOG and mga TULFOng yan,kala mo kong sinong may ari ng PILIPINAS.Ang dami pa mang mga kaso ang mga yan.At yong Barretong yan na galing sa pamilyang walang K mga immoral at walang MODO,wag na natin aksayahin panahon natin sa kanila.Kawawanf Raymart napabilang sa kanilang pamilya……

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