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More on the NAIA brouhaha

/ 08:35 PM May 13, 2012

It’s bad enough that the Santiago couple and their entourage were caught on camera assaulting Tito Mon Tulfo. What makes it worse is that they are now playing the underdog.

If Tito Mon (who’s a martial arts expert) really kicked Claudine, would she still be able to walk and pounce on him like crazy?

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It’s understandable that they got peeved because of their missing luggage, but they could have talked to the airline staff in a more civilized manner.

As for Tito Mon taking photos of Claud allegedly berating the Cebu Pacific staff, it comes with the territory. As celebs, being hounded by the media is something the Santiago couple must have learned to live with a long time ago.

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Funny that Claud could not talk during their press con (hastily organized for damage control) because, as her lawyer said, she’s still in a state of trauma. That beats all her teleserye scripts combined!

Here are the sentiments of some show-biz colleagues about the Tulfo/ Santiago brouhaha:

ROBIN PADILLA: “Wala kong makokomento sa pangyayari kay Sir Mon Tulfo at kosang Raymart at Claudine, kundi pareho silang may katwiran. Bagkus, ang paghingi ng paumanhin sa publiko ang kinakailangan.”

SEN. KIKO PANGILINAN: “I hope the matter will be resolved amicably. Neither of the parties will benefit from being embroiled in a long-drawn court battle. It will be emotionally and financially draining. If they can arrive at a settlement acceptable to both sides, that would be best. And, in doing so, they can all move on to other concerns.

JIM PAREDES: “First of all, I believe that everyone screws up a few times in life. For both parties, this is one instance, and it just happened to be very public. I really don’t know who started what. It really does not interest me. People seemed to have judged the situation depending on their impressions of the parties involved.

“I know how hard it is for both camps to just drop it. But it would be noble, and the best face-saving option for them.

“Maybe they can call each other, mutually apologize and just laugh about it. It is hard, I know. But the world is too small and they are bound to have a repeat when they bump into each other. It may be more brutal next time if they don’t fix it now.”

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PHOEMELA BARANDA: “What bothers me more is the fact that NAIA 3 doesn’t have CCTV cameras. (It does, but none was functioning at the time of the incident.—Ed.)

JULIA CLARETE: “I will wait until the court has made a decision before I give a reaction.”

RICHARD GOMEZ: “There are two sides to the controversial brawl. Too bad there are no CCTV recordings …”

ERIC QUIZON: “It’s too sensitive an issue for me to comment on. I would rather keep my opinion to myself. Both parties should just kiss and make up, perhaps.”

KIM ATIENZA: “The Tulfos are my friends. I do not really know if Mon or Claudine were correct (in their actions). I can relate to Raymart’s reaction, though. Right or wrong, ’pag nakita kong nasasaktan ang misis ko, magdidilim talaga ang paningin ko. It’s a normal protective husband’s reaction. But then hindsight is always 20/20. Ang pagsisisi ay nasa huli. Better if everyone stayed cool. I hope the Tulfos and Santiagos find a peaceful, win/win way to settle this.

BENJIE PARAS: “I’ve known Raymart for a long time. I don’t think he will beat anyone without reason. I would do the same thing if someone had kicked my wife.”

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