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BROTHER’S KEEPER. “T3” hosts Raffy, Erwin and Ben Tulfo

MANILA, Philippines—The brothers Ben, Raffy and Erwin Tulfo of the TV5 show “T3” have been charged in a Quezon City court with grave threats for threatening celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto on national television a day after their eldest brother Ramon figured in an airport brawl with the couple in May.

Six months after the incident, assistant city prosecutor Rowena Balagtas recommended the filing of charges against the three brothers, whose show was also suspended for three months by the Movie Television Review and Classification Board because of their on-air remarks.

Charges of grave threats were lodged against the Tulfos—two counts each for Erwin and Raffy, one count for Ben— in the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court on Friday. Their brother Ramon is an Inquirer Metro columnist.

Balagtas noted that the respondents’ demeanor, tone and facial expression indicated that “the threats were made with deliberate purpose of creating in the minds of the persons to whom [they were] addressed   the belief that the threats would be carried into effect.”

“The threats uttered by the respondents alluded to the infliction of physical harm upon the complainants (Santiago and Barreto).… The threats were consummated as soon as complainant spouse heard the statements of the respondents on TV on May 7, 2012,” the prosecutor said in a resolution.

Balagtas, however, dismissed the slander complaints against the Tulfos for lack of merit.

The case stemmed from a May 6 brawl between Ramon Tulfo and the couple, who were then travelling with an entourage, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. It all started when Claudine confronted Ramon for taking a video of her as she was complaining to an airline employee.

According to the complaint, the couple caught the “T3” program the following day and heard Ben, Erwin and Raffy lashing out at the couple in defense of their brother.

Raffy was heard telling the couple in Filipino to “pray and light a candle from now on” lest they cross paths at the mall. Erwin purportedly said: “We’re not yet done, Raymart. Just wait for it. Wait for the terrible vengeance of the Tulfos (lintik na ganti ng mga Tulfo).”

Ben allegedly added: “I go up against criminals, murderers. You seem to be a good fellow, but if you like we can meet and lock ourselves up in a big warehouse. Ambulances will be waiting. There will only be one man left standing. Let me see how good you are.”

In her resolution, Balagtas also noted that the Tulfos failed to appear and submit counter-affidavits despite being notified of the preliminary investigation of the complaint.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGY2WII5WCQSLIGVZLNQUP3GXI Juan

    Hindi dapat T3 ang tawag sa kanila kundi I3 o TATLONG ITLOG.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=761525404 Mik Lovin

      hindi dapat juan tawag sayo, ikaw si Juan Tamod

      • Marx Louis Wang

        Out of topic ka.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003931335028 Benjie Gordon

        Pustahan tau beki yan ang bantot ng lumalabas sa bunganga eh

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGY2WII5WCQSLIGVZLNQUP3GXI Juan

        Hahaha! Pero dapat tawag din sa iyo ay Mik Lovin Tamod! Hahaha! O Mik Lovin Kupal! Hahaha! O gusto mo Mik Lovin Betlog!

  • kabayandinako

    Tama yan. Maranasan naman nilang mapalagay sa hot-water. Di yung sila lang ang akala mo magagaling at matatapang na tao sa mundo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HEDQ7Y3JBTBBTL6BG4LPAOSPAQ Francis Cobb

    Tatlong Itlog? Pwede rin T3 for Tatlong Tanga. 

  • joerizal

    Ipila niyo yan sa likod ng kaso nila Ampatuan. Mas importanteng matapos ang karumaldumal na krimen na yon kesa sa mga gagong ito.

  • jawaini

    yan pa banta-banta kau…anong mapapala ninyo sakaling matalo kau sa kaso…di na dapat ipaalam sa publiko na matapang kau…lahat ng tao may takot…so ngayon papaano yan…harapin ninyo ang kaso…doon palabas pa rin ninyo ang mga tapang nyo…sa kulungan aywan ko kung uubra yung mga tapang nyo…abangan na lang namin…gud luck sa inyo…

  • pilosopo4

    Read my lips..hehehe..Raymart ang kuya ko Aikido experetc..blah..blah..blah..yes bakit hindi nila i-bitag ang mga suspects ng Maguindanao massacre?

  • chingnarciso

    Bakit mas na unang nalutas ito,kaysa kaso ng mga Ampatuan!!

    • http://twitter.com/Borogol Borogol

      showbiz kasi gobyerno e…..

      start mo na sa kptid ng ating butihing pangulo

  • robrano

    And all because arrogant Barretto shouted at an airline employee who had nothing to do with the delay of her luggage. Ramon Tulfo, as a Metro reporter and columnist ,was of course interested to get the scene.

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    In my humble opinion, the Tulfo Brothers should settle and the Santiagos should write down a reasonable amount.   They should put this behind them.  An amicable settlement now should cost less than an award by the Court, and save everybody their careers. 

    • lolo_Jose

      Tama ka apo, ang sabi nga ” ang makukuha sa paupo-upo wag ng idaan sa
      patayu-tayo”… Sa mga tulfo brothers, hindi kabawasan sa pagkalalaki ninyo
      ang paghingi ng sorry bagkus marami pa ang hahanga pa sa inyo. Maniwala
      kayo sa akin mga apo kasi maraming beses ng napatunayan iyan…Mga apo
      malapit na pasko at tayo ay magmahalan at ang inyong lolo ay naghihintay
      ng regalo..hehehe

  • paul

    ang tatanga kc ninyo di kayo nag iisip na nasa national television kau. live pa! ayan may kaso tuloy kayo! bulok mga utak nyo.

  • http://twitter.com/Borogol Borogol

    wow…penalty for being emotional..

    but, i hope raymart and claudine be charged too….. if not, justice system here is wicked….

  • gyvv

    … maraming natulungan yang mga yan, pag cla humirit, maaring pagbigyan….

  • Joseph Aquino

    These brothers will never mature.

  • $18209031

    Ayan mag bugbugan kayo dyan mga unggok. Takot ang mga Santiagos sa Tulfos. Mga Tulfos are maramng natulongan yan hindi nyo alam. Yan mga Santiagos ay laos mga artista, down the drain hole. Walang pangalan na yan sila. 

    • mark_john21

      Sino ka ba talaga, si Mon, si Erwin or si Raffy?

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Kung mga unggok sila, e di pati ang Tulfos unggok din. Hala ka! Bala hantingin ka ng mga Tulfos.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ED6A2XHBBMQQYM4MFSZ7BMIB4M batang-gas

    In the name of press freedom my arse. Gawain ng mga AC-DC reporters yan. Kunwari udyukan ang mga pobreng masa na mag sumbong sa kanila pero pag hinarap na nila ang mga nirereklamo pera na ang pinag uusapan para hindi sila ma report. Mas maraming reklamo mas maraming kita.

    • NYPinoy

       Akala ng mga Tulfo ay di buking ang kanilang MO.  Pero yan ang pinaka-common at pinakamaperang raket ng mga medya raw — mapa-radyo, newspaper o television.

  • oh_noh

    now it’s getting more and more exciting… siguradoung usok ang ilong ng mga tulfo brothers! si raymart naman, nagpapadagdag na ng mga body guards :)

  • Russell Ariola

    Hahahahaaa.. Ow ano? Tatakutin at pagbabantaan rin nila yung prosecutor?
    Tigasin etong si Atty. Weng, isa sa mga magagaling at matinong katiwala ni Prosecutor Don.

    Makipag-areglo na kayo mga (walang) TT brothers at magdanyos na.

  • Lapu Lapu

    The Santiagos are not charged yet for carrying out the crime in front  of the public? really more fun in our justice system…

    Madams Sereno and Delima pls Investigate this prosecutor too..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

      why? is the airport in quezon city? idiot.

  • boybakal

    Tulfo brothers are really scary. Mga mukhang baratingas, nakakatakot ang mga hilatsa ng mukha.
    Bat kaya nasa television yan mga yan.
    Dapat sa pelikula, mukhang mga kontrabida.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGY2WII5WCQSLIGVZLNQUP3GXI Juan

      Tama ka dyan. In fact, kung titingnan mo mga mukha nila, eh parang mga kontrabida na binubugbog ni FPJ noon sa mga pelikula niya.

      • leubas

        PERO HINDI NYO ALAM MGA MANIKYURISTA YANG TULFO BROS. EXCEPT ERWIN NA HAIR DRESSER! 

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Sure the Tulfo brothers went overboard in what appeared or what Raymart felt was a threat, but then again why sue if you are the kind of guy who lets a misunderstanding escalate into a brawl? If one is willing to go physical and acting like a macho guy using his fist instead of his reasoning power why sue? There goes Raymart’s macho stance turning into a machonorin, hehehe.

  • http://twitter.com/ZALZANZIBAR ALBERTO ZALAZAR

    Ganoon ba?….ABANGAN….!..ha ha ha ha !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/74DX67S5U6H557SPUXS5XZ6QJI Alisto Juan

    Yan ang mapala sa sobrang yabang, kung rumesbak huwag ipubliko, duwag  o may T sa utak ang mga taong ganyan na sasabihin sa buong bansa na gaganti. . That’s what you get. . 

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    natiyope na ito si raymart santiago akala ko pa naman astig talaga!

  • Ommm

    Perhaps it’s the shame of having brother beat up by a girl in public….yet this goon squad doesn’t seem too bright to advertize their threats on national television…

  • http://www.alamat.com.ph/ Danny Garcia

    The right way to resolve this in an amicable manner is for both parties to apologize to each other. Everyone makes mistakes. Tulfos, Barrettos and Santiago should be humble enough to forgive each other. 

    The question is, who will be the first?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q7GVQTQNSXTN5T7IWSHVJ5HOD4 Nash

    These brothers must learn to stop their media bullying and become responsible media men. They’re becoming bad model among youth of their rudeness and kabastosan. Although I admit that they too are doing good against bad elements of society but they are abusive and unscrupulous. 

  • $14334231

    astig vs. tigas…..and the winner is:…..TABLA!!!!!….THE JUDGE’S EXPLANATION:….pareho kayong “KAHOY”…….

  • wakats

    The brothers kamarasov, a.k.a tulfo siblings, finally met somebody who would not tolerate their arrogant, bombastic, loud-mouth and swollen-headed style of hitting their nemesis on the air as if they own the world.  It’s high time this kind of tv program should be stopped for the sake of our youth.

    Although the crime of grave threats carries light penalties, Raymart should pursue the case till its culmination so that the accused should slow down a bit on their accustomed antics.  

  • maypakialamtayo

    sa tulfo brothers, sana naman bigyan nyo rin ng kahihiyan ang mga inaakusahan at inirereklamo sa programa nyong T3, minsan kasi gusto nyo kayo lang ang magsasaita, kaya minsan kahit sumisimpatya kana sa nagrereklamo, yung asal nyo nakakawalang gana, may pamilya at buhay din po sila.

  • ever green

    6 months bago ma-kasuhan???? wtf??!!! eh ilang taon bago ma-sentensyahan??!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Ito po ang nakakapangamba sa FOI Bill kung maipasa na hindi gaano napag aaralan at mapag debatihan…. sa mga abusadong meyembro ng media na ginagamit ang kanilang programa sa personal na pang atake sa kanilang kalaban. May isa ako napanuod na epesode nitong nakasalamin sa itaas na letrato na akala, siya na ang may police power at authority…. pumasok(live) pa sa pamamahay ng suspect na kaniyang scope or subject. Kung sa akin yon nangyari at pamamahay ko yon …. wala siyang ulo o buhay nailalabas sa pamamahay ko ….dahil inilalagay na niya ako sa kahihiyan gamit ang media para maka scope….I do not want to be a victim of negative media publicity.

  • virgoyap

    The Tulfo brothers seems to be without fear harapin nila at tugisin kahit sinong haharap sa kanilang daan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    6 months, WTF!!! Pareho pang kilala ung involved, paano na lng kung ordinaryong tao lng ung nagdemanda, 1 year or forget it?

  • speedstream2

    The Tulfo brothers are no strangers to lawsuits. Like they say, it goes with the territory. They’re big boys, so I guess they can take care of themselves.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7KLJYS3RMJJUURECHHOE3JYL4Q Magtanggol

    Tulfos are a bunch of thugs and extorsionists. How much do you charge?

  • samarutan

    Next demolition job by Ramon Tulfo and his siblings will be on Prosecutor Rowena Balagtas and the whole of DOJ. Lagot!

  • delpillar

    sa taong may pambayad sa abugado, GRAVE THREATS CHARGES, even if found guilty will not put somebody in prison. Kahit hindi ka Tulfo borthers, kahit sino ka man kapag grave threats lang ang kaso mo at may abugado ka, di ka makukulong.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    The Tulfo brothers only know tough talks.  To defend themselves, they might as well hire the services of VIP lawyers for a huge fee like Atty. Fortun.  

  • boybakal

    Matapang lang ang Tulfo brothers because they are Four.
    Kung isa lang yang mga yan, palagay ko tiope din.

  • randyaltarejos

    Bakit di pagbigyan si Ben at Raymart sa isang one-on-one fight inside a ring like Ultimate Fighting Championship? The organizer of the match can sell tickets for the fight to pay for the venue and the professional referee. This affair will serve as a matter of entertainment to millions of Pinoys.

    • D_BystandeR

      Palagay ko hindi bagay kay Raymart ang “one on one confrontation.” He is okey to the challenge kung may mga bodyguards siya na siyang haharap sa nag-iisang Tulfo. Hindi siya sanay sa patas na labanan, hindi katulad sa mga Tulfo brothers na ginawa na nilang “aliwan” ang pagtugis sa mga taong kriminal.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

      at supporting bout namn sina erwin at cesar

  • PikonNaKami

    I remember a Tulfo brother (I think it was Raffy) challenged Cesar Montano to a fight. Montano showed up but Tulfo only showed up when he received a tip that Montano already left the gym in Paranaque.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

      it was erwin and erwin showed up bitbit ang mga tulfo bros. noon ko nalaman ang katotohanan na talaga palang matapang si erwin kung kasama ang kanyang tulfo bros

  • PikonNaKami

    Attention Mr. Manny Pangilinan, when you put up TV5, is this the kind of show and hosts you had in mind? What will your mother say?

  • NYPinoy

    Buteh nga.  Tulfo vs. Santiago   Siga vs. Siga.  

  • jlarcilla

    Hayaan na lang — PAREHO naman mayayabang eh — nagkatagpo sila-sila, maganda nga siguro, tapusin na nila, payabangan na naman sigurado yan kasi sa korte — hindi magkaka-alaman.  Poporma lang yan mga pare-pareho dahil alam na merong aawat, he-he-he

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Kung nakasuhan ang mga tulfo dahil sa pananakot, dapat din namang ikulong si raymart at claudine sa pambubugbog. Kaya lang, kung panonooring ninyo ulit ang video, kaya nagka black-eye si tulfo kasi tumama mata nya sa boobs ni claudine.

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      buti di sya naupuan ni klawdine..mas malala yung pwet nya weapon of mass destruction yon!!!!

  • 711sense

    I like what the Tulfo’s does to help the poor and the oppressed but sometimes they go out of their way to make people like me don’t like them because they speak like they are the toughies and they want to beat anybody up without any thinking of what the repercussion would it do to the person. I think it is good to give the Tulfo’s some lesson to be humble and not to open their mouth indescriminately. My question though, it was cleared and recorded on the video what Raymart Santiago and his bully friend did to their brother Ramon but until now no case/s has been filed against them. What’s up with that? Their case was ahead of what the Tulfo brothers allegedly said in their program but yet, they were charged first before Mr. Santiago and his friend did.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    UN FARE KORTE”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ANO3BKLCKOL47H7FZJV4RPX2UA Jovy

     nadala ng silakbo ng damdamin,,malinaw naman mali ang mga artistang cna Santiago at Baretto..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ANO3BKLCKOL47H7FZJV4RPX2UA Jovy

    d ba namn mag dedemanda mga Tulfo??kasalanan ng mga Santiago at Baretto..may kuha ang tv 5..cla ang naunang nanggulo..or malakas lang talaga ang GMA7 na istasyong may kinikilingan,may pinoprotektahan,may kasinungalingan,at may halong katotohanan,

  • http://twitter.com/whipnsaddle Bastonero

    Yan ang kayabangan ng mga Tulfo, eh puro bunganga lang ang mga iyan, matatapang lang lalo na pag kasama ang mga bodyguard, wala naman silang pinagiba nang magasawang Raymart at Claudine sa kayabangan, sige mag labo-labo kayo, ubusan ng yabang….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44QGTQXFYHNVPNMX453LWBPMXM Opel

    the difference between unjust vexation and threats in this case is when threatening words uttered  via hot air toughness is correctly appreciated as such, pang aasar lang yon (unjust vexation), but when the threats uttered is mistakenly considered as truly serious tough guy act, grave/light threats na yon. malas lang ng tulfo brothers sumakay lang mag asawang santiago at ang prosecutor sa pasiga macho tapang image nila.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETNUG6HPDQOSLORHMP6IHT4XDU ricky

    yabang vs. yabang… puro mga inutil!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Tingnan natin ang angas ninyo.
    Kaya lang baka ang abogado ninyo ang may angas!

  • coyre

    sa mga interview kay Ramon Tulfo makikita n nagsisinungaling..walang consistency…halatang may sala!!!

  • julymorning

    HAHAY, WALA NAMANG NAKUKULONG SA MGA ETO E. SANA MAKULONG PARA MABAWASAN ANG KAYABANGAN. MATATTAPANG LANG ETONG MGA TULFO KASI MAY MGA BARIL AT BADIGARD. PERO SI CLAUDINE LANG TUMAPAT, TUMBA NA SI LOLO RAMON NA KUNYARI BALKBELTER.

  • bakitkailangan

    FulFul brothers! mayabang na kayo, matatanda na kayo pero inutil pa rin kayo. Ano ang feeling ninyo? untouchables kayo o three stooges?

    Sige nga gawin ninyo ang sinabi niyo?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HPGUIIJ44DMCSONOPI4JAEMUZM lex

    Bakit sila makukulong? obvious naman mga barreto-santiago ang may kasalanan! normal lang naman ang mag react ah! mas marami silang natulungan kaysa mga barett0-santiago! kayo ang mga pul pul!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

    media + guns + body guards = UNTOUCHABLES! Kuno!



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