3 Tulfo brothers seek new probe of grave threat raps filed by Raymart, Claudine


Raffy, Erwin and Ben Tulfo

MANILA, Philippines—Three Tulfo brothers on Monday sought a reinvestigation of the grave threat charges filed against them before a Quezon City court by couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto, claiming that they were denied the right to defend themselves from the complaint.

Filing a motion before the local metropolitan trial court in behalf of brothers Erwin, Raffy and Ben Tulfo, lawyer Nelson Borja sought to defer the issuance of an arrest warrant against his clients while questioning the finding of probable cause by the City Prosecutor’s Office against them after their failure to file their respective counter-affidavits during the preliminary investigation of the grave threats case.

Balagtas had recommended the filing of charges against the Tulfos for allegedly threatening on national TV Raymart and Claudine during their “T3” program aired over TV-5, a day after their eldest sibling Ramon figure in an airport scuffle with the couple on May 6.

In his three-page motion, Borja argued that failure to submit their counter-affidavits during the preliminary investigation conducted by Assistant City Prosecutor Rowena Balagtas should not result in the denial of the Tulfo brothers’ rights.

He claimed that his clients neither received subpoenas nor were they informed by their program staff of such a proceeding.

The lawyer cited the right of the Tulfo brothers to due process, wherein they must be furnished a copy of the complaint and its supporting documents as well as be able to submit their counter-affidavits in their defense.

Borja maintained that being afforded the right to a preliminary investigation would most likely result in a change or reversal of Balagtas’ finding of probable cause.

Balagtas had recommended the filing in the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court of two counts of grave threat each for Erwin and Raffy and a count of grave threat for Ben.

In her resolution, the assistant city prosecutor said the Tulfo brothers’ manner of delivery indicated “the threats were made with deliberate purpose of creating in the minds of the persons to whom it was addressed the belief that the threats would be carried into effect.”

The threats, she said, had been consummated and that they alluded to the infliction of physical harm on the Santiago couple. On the basis of this, Balagtas said she found probable cause for the filing of grave threat charges in court.

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  • Guest

    So these three macho looking heroes  are going to go beat up a guy and a girl who slapped around their self proclaimed “martial arts expert” brother??

    With arrogance comes ignorance and such a pity these hulks should shame their family name ranting and raving on national television. Such an exhibit makes  Filipinos a laughing stalk before the world….

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Laughing “stalk”?

      • JunMansaka

        Laughing stalker?

      • mark_john21


    • kimo211

      ano  ba  ang pinagsasabi  mo?  paki tagalog  naman?  Laughing Stalk?????

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5VHQBOCVKHSTJNHNES75BJKGA allan

      anong laughing stalk??? 

  • kimo211

    go…Tulfo  brothers…..puksain  ninyo  ang  mayayabang at  mapagmalaki)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    Can be this case end in an amicable settlement?Should this things go worst already?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NLO2AAP3EKVA2H3FI2AM2KTGAA Jay

    Magaling yan si Ramon Tulfo sa aikido.After the altercation with the Santiago’s ininterview siya ni Kris Aquino.and guess what,pinapakita niya sa tv na he was being attacked by two attackers and wow…he managed to beat both of them by just side stepping…kakabilib…hahhhhhh…

  • boybakal

    Why not give Tulfo brothers a day in jail.
    Lock them up and see what they can do against their match….BNG, Sputnik, BCG.
    Tinggnan natin ang tapang.

  • Simon Ward

    Get a load of that photo :D One guy in a black shirt happens, but three, all together? Wooooo, movie gangsta! Lighten up guys. You can still be super macho guys with a little splash of color. Heck, you could even say “cheese” for the camera :) 

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

    So it has come to this, the machonorin way of settling their differences, going to court when they started their physical confrontation of ganging up on an old man Tulfo? Nerbyoso pala itong si Raymart hiding under the skirt of his heavyweight brawler wife Claudine, hehehe. I can understand the complaint of grave threats though, hehehe that is when Raymart realized that when he messed up with an old man he has to deal with his three younger brothers more “machoer” than him, LOL. I betcha this will be settled out of court, the Tulfo brothers able to air their mean macho stance while Raymart and Claudine gets a peace of mind that it was all for show, LOL.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NLO2AAP3EKVA2H3FI2AM2KTGAA Jay

    Kasi ang mindset ng Pinoy ay pag ako artista o journalist eto na.I’m above the law.itong mga Santiago dinaan bigla sa yabang pinagtulungan isang tao.Ito naman Tulfo bros.dinadaan sa tapang.yun tila bang eto magaling ako martial arts hindi ako matatamaan ng suntok.Ano akala nila ang tunay na away parang MMA lang.yun Punch Punch biglang takedown at ground for pound na.Ang tatanda niyo na dapat ay dinaan niyo lang sa usapan.

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