Palace ‘confident’ Ombudsman will charge culprits in P60-M tourism ad scandal
Malacañang is “confident” that the Office of the Ombudsman will charge the persons responsible for the controversial P60-million advertising contract paid by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to state-run PTV 4.
The Commission on Audit in its 2017 audit report said former Tourism secretary Wanda Teo might be liable for graft for alleged “conflict of interest” after the government official paid P60 million worth of advertisements to a government television program produced by her brothers.
“The Ombudsman – takes a while – but eventually they will file. OK so we are confident that the Ombudsman will eventually perform and discharge its constitutional duty and charge those who are responsible if there’s sufficient evidence,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.
Roque said Malacañang was still expecting the Tulfos to return the money.
“Well, they said it and we expect them to comply with what they said,” he said.
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, Teo’s lawyer, said on May 7 that Ben Tulfo, who owns Bitag Media Unlimited Inc., had pledged to return the P60 million. Daphnie Beltran, INQUIRER.net trainee
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