A furious Jay Sonza berates former GMA-7 colleagues and a senator amidst scandal surrounding Tulfo brothers goes viral.
The Tulfo brothers have been at the center of criticism following allegations of receiving favor from the DOT because of their association with the Duterte administration.
According to a Rappler article published four days ago, “state auditors questioned the P60-million payment made by the Department of Tourism to the media outfit of Ben Tulfo in 2017 because of lack of documents to support the transactions.” [Link here]
The Tulfo brothers are identified as Duterte allies and administration defender.
Wanda Teo, who heads the Department of Tourism, is a sister of the Tulfo brothers.
The DOT is the government agency that awarded the P60M contract to the media outfit owned by Ben Tulfo.
Critics of the administration like Senator Kiko Pangilinan found the issue as a perfect opportunity to attack Duterte via the Tulfo brothers.
GMA 7 newscasters Mike Enriquez and Arnold Clavio have also decided to ride the issue against the Tulfos, apparently pandering to their anti-Duterte fans.
On Facebook, broadcaster Jay Sonza dismissed the allegation of irregularities against the Tulfo brothers as “fake news.”
Sonza remarked that people sowing intrigue are merely envious of the Tulfos.
In anger, Sonza warned of the repercussion against his former GMA-7 colleagues should they remain unapologetic.
Sonza said they will get a dose of their own medicine from the Tulfos, especially from Ben should they continue their attack.
Sonza also told Enriquez and Clavio to look at the mirror before accusing others of corruption saying he knew only a few people in the broadcasting industry who are not guilty of receiving payola.
Meanwhile, Sonza clarified that the DOT entered the P60M contract with the government-owned TV station, not with Ben Tulfo’s media outfit as alleged.
Sonza said he sees nothing wrong with the DOT giving a government-owned entity an opportunity to earn an income via an advertising deal, just like the major TV networks who got advertising deals with DOT.
Check out Jay Sonza’s post below.
Ito ang nagdudumilat na katotohanan sa isyu ng advertising placement ng Tourism Department:
What is so wrong with a government agency putting more money back into a government agency/controlled corporation? Ano ba ang ikinasama ng gobyerno, upang suportahan ang isang broadcast network na pagmamay-ari din naman ng gobyerno?
Malinaw po sa report ng Commission on Audit na ang kontrata ng DOT at sa kanilang pagitan ay sa People’s Television (PTV) Network, HINDI SA PRODUCTION HOUSE NG BITAG na isang duly registered corporation in the Philippines.
Ang tanga-tanga lang nina Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, broadcaster Mike Enriquez ng GMA at iba pa na pilit na pinagsasabi na sa mga magkakapatid na Tulfo nakipaskontrata ang DOT, samantalang wala naman bahid ng katotohanan.
But let me first set the record straight. P196,000,000.00 (196)million ang napunta sa private broadcastibng network at P60 million lamang ang napunta sa government television. Hindi lang sa PTV nakipagkontrata ang DOT. ABS-CBN – 11.5 million; GMA – 11.5 milyon; CNN Phils. – 20 million; BBC – 51 million; CNN International – 51 million; at Discovery Channel – 51 million.
By world standard in promoting a tourism destination and its country like the Philippines, wala sa kalingkingan ang ginastos ng DOT. Tingnan nyo ang Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Maldives, Dubai at ibang nais mapansin ng mundo, gumagastos sila ng mula US$100 million hanggang US$1 billion o halagang P5 to 50 billion in TV ad placements.
Kiko Pangilinan, Mike Enriquez, Arnold Clavio at mga nagmamalinis na mga announcer, manalamin muna kayo, bago kayo bumatikos, dahil lamang sa matinding inggit. Sa totoo lang bilang ko sa aking mga daliri ng isang kamay kung sino sa inyo ang walang bahid ng corruption (payola) coming both from the government and private sectors. At huwag nyo akong hamunin, dahil personal ko kayong kakilala.
Word of advise mister excuse me po, my former colleague at GMA, better apologize NOW to Ben Tulfo and his family. Mess around with any of them, Erwin, Mon, Raffy at others, not with Ben.
You will never hear the end of it. Sasabog lahat ng baho at aalingasaw ito ng matindi pa sa corruption ng Aquino Administration.
You’ve been warned my friends.
Kisom, kaitin Ben, Mon, Raffy, Erwin, yadi lang ang kanmong igsoon. Paglaungan lang. The mountains of Man-ay, Davao Oriental is where we grew under the strict discipline of our parents.
Madayaw na adlaw kaninyo kamayo.