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Tulfo brod asks QC court to junk amparo petition of Raymart, Claudine

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Erwin Tulfo

MANILA, Philippines—Saying a writ of amparo covers human rights cases, broadcast journalist Erwin Tulfo has asked a Quezon City court to dismiss such a petition of show-biz couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto against the Tulfo brothers.

Tulfo, through lawyer Nelson Borja, sought for the dismissal of the couple’s petition, arguing that a writ of amparo does not apply to cases of alleged threats and oral defamation.

“It is indubitably clear that the writ applies only as a legal remedy of extrajudicial killings, abductions or illegal arrests, and threatened violations of basic human rights, which are absent in the present case,” Tulfo, one of the hosts of TV 5’s “T3,”  said in a seven-page motion.

Last week, Judge Bayani Vargas of Regional Trial Court Branch 219 issued a temporary protection order against Tulfo and his brothers Ben and Raffy, who are his T3 co-hosts, barring them from getting within 500 meters of the Santiagos.

This was after the show-biz couple sought court protection against the T3 hosts, whom they accused of airing threats against them on their TV show.

The controversy stemmed from a brawl involving their older brother, Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo, and the Santiagos early this month at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

In his pleading, Erwin pointed out that under the law, a writ of amparo covers extralegal killings, enforced disappearances or threats.

He cited the case of Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo against the Department of National Defense, who were allegedly abducted, detained and tortured.

According to Erwin, the criminal cases against him and his brothers are just simple cases of alleged threats and oral defamation.

“Judging from the context of alleged threatening and/of defamatory remarks uttered by the Tulfo brothers in their T3 Program of TV5 last May 7, 2012, the same does not fall under the principles in the landmark ruling of the Manalo brothers,” he said.

The motion added: “To say the least, the Manalo doctrines involved human rights abuses …, while those filed against the Tulfo brothers are just plain and simply cases of alleged threats and oral defamation—notwithstanding the public apology then repeatedly uttered by Erwin Tulfo the next day, dated May 8, 2012 in the same T3 Program of TV5.”

He added that under the law, a separate petition for the writ cannot be filed once a criminal action has been filed.

The Santiagos have also filed a criminal complaint against the T3 hosts before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.

“It is most respectfully prayed … for this Honorable Court to take a second look on (sic) the instant petition, and as the interest of justice requires, by dismissing the same motu proprio,” Erwin said in his motion.


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  • Senor Solomon

    Wow ang tanga naman ng lawyer ng mga Santiago kung sila ang nag appeal ng writ of amparo in the first place. Mas tanga naman mag asawa kung tingin nila makaka lusot sila. Feeling nila abused ang human rights nila? Bopol ang ang mga potah

  • http://twitter.com/gwenth35 Gwenth

    it is so clear na binababoy na talaga ng mga husgado ng Pilipinas (kagaya ni Judge Bayani vargas) ang taong bayan pabor sa mga mayayaman at maimpluwensyang tao ng ating lipunan kagaya ng mag asawang Santiago at Bareto. Imagine you guys these two get police escorts and guess who pays for that??? of course US! (the poor Filipino people) who are these people and why can they easily ask for bodyguards from the police??? they don’t even work in the government! kaya please lang Judge Vargas huwag mong lokohin ang taong bayan na magbabayad sa mga security guards nitong mga aroganting santiago dahil kung tutuusin base sa nakita natin sa Video ay halata at very discerning talaga na ang kampo ni Santiago ang nangunang nambatok dahil in the first place hindi naman kaaway ni tulfo yung dalawa, bakit si Tulfo ang manguna??? mag bayad sila ng sarili nilang bodyguards kung mayaman nga talaga sila. Ako ay nagbabayad ng tamang buwis taon-taon, do you think if my life is threatened, I would be able to tell a judge to asign a police escort for me???? manloloko talaga kayong nasa gobyerno. alalahanin nyo si Karma balang araw. Tugma ka talaga Erwin!!!God save the Philippines!!!

  • http://twitter.com/gwenth35 Gwenth

    O baka naman nabayaran itong si Judge Vargas??? or he’s just plain DUMB???

  • http://twitter.com/gwenth35 Gwenth

    Pwede ba Erwin sumulat ka ng editorial na ang pamagat ay “A judge ignorant of the Law”

  • tigabulacanpo

    sila raymart talaga ang nag-umpisa… lintik yung naka-pink na t-shirt nakuha pa nyang batukan ang matandang tulfo?  sa harap ng camera parang takot ang kampo nila raymart PERO FOR SURE PAG-WALANG CAMERA NAGTATAWANAN LANG MGA YAN AT MASAYANG PINAG-UUSAPAN ANG NANGYARI…  IBASURA ANG WRIT OF AMPARO.. TAMA SI 
    Gwenth PABAYAAN SILANG BUMAYAD NG BODYGUARD NILA.. ANU SILA ROYAL FAMILY  LIBRE PULIS AS GUADIA? YUNG NAMBATOK KAY MON TULFO DAPAT DUN BATUKAN DIN SA HARAP NG CAMERA. DINADAAN LANG SA DRAMA NG MAG-ASAWA ANG TAKBO NG ISTORYA.

    • ryan andres

      Wag ka mag-alala, yung kupal na nakapink eh napatumba naman ni Mon dun sa video eh… mas nakakahiya yung nangyari sa kanya…manahin mo, senior citizen eh napabagsak sya!

      Pero tama ka tol, kumakapal lalo mukha nitong si Claudine at Raymart. Kung makapagsalita sa camera ngayon eh akala mo kung sinong di makabasag-pinggan ang mga hinayupak…

  • cooldoods

    ang mas nayurakan ang human rights ay yung pobreng Cebu Pacific ground stewardess na pinagmumura at tinakot na papatanggalan ng trabaho ni Claudine sa publiko, at si Mon Tulfo na pinagtulungang bugbugin pagkatapos mabigong makuha ang kanyang personal na gamit.

  • Mananandata69

    Tirahin na kasi si Guy in Pink shirt

  • gyvv

    Maganda pa, hanapin ung naka pink shirt, un ang starter. Bukod sa pagiging traydor, kung away:s quare lang, old school, hindi ung titirahin mo ung taong nakayuko at senior citizen, anong klaseng traydor to? … pihado, pag na identify to, ito ang pasimuno, ito ang mananagot, ito ang may sala, ito ang dapat ikulong… sa preso, magiging pink talaga cya dun sa mga tulisan at maton… cno ba un epal at starter na un?



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