- Tulfo thought it best to hear straight from the horse’s mouth if De Lima and Colangco were friends and partying together
- De Lima shut down the rumors, explaining that it was not Colangco who was at her party but a Congressman friend of hers
- Tulfo warns people to not immediately jump to conclusions when it comes to learning about something on the internet
In his column, the outspoken Ramon Tulfo wrote about how he got to the bottom of the rumor that Senator Leila de Lima, back when she was the Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary, was allegedly partying with jailed drug lord Herbert Colangco.
The rumors spread when videos of the said party were posted on YouTube. The videos were entitled, “Actual Footage De Lima Sing Along Inside Bilibid with Herbert Colangco's Birthday” and “Alleged Video of Leila De Lima and Herbert Colangco? WATCH.” Upon seeing the video, Tulfo thought it best to ask De Lima on the truth of the matter.
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According to Tulfo, he texted De Lima the following message: “Ma’am, you have a video on YouTube singing at a birthday party supposedly of Herbert Colangco. Was that Colangco you were brushing elbows with or just his look-alike?”
To this, Sen. De Lima had supposedly replied: “Mon, one of my staff called me. He was able to watch the video. That video was actually taken during my birthday at the DOJ quadrangle last Aug. 27, 2015. [The person said] to be Colangco was really Cong. Alfred Vargas, who was one of the guests. Others who attended were singer Imelda Papin, Undersecretary/now ERC Chair Jovy Salazar, & many DOJ employees.”
Senator De Lima went on to explain why Congressman Vargas could have been mistaken as Colangco: “Cong. Alfred Vargas and I touched elbow to elbow because he had sore eyes at that time. He couldn’t shake my hand or do a high-five or do a cheek-to-cheek (beso-beso) with me that’s why he used his elbow. Cong. Alfred was [wearing] shades because he had sore eyes.”
Both Colangco and Vargas are known to usually wear shades or sunglasses. From this incident, Tulfo advised that people should not believe everything they see on the internet, saying: “Momentarily withhold judgment when you read things about people and events on social media.” Tulfo also warned that there were a lot of “pseudo-journalists” out there who weren’t legitimate nor accountable to anyone.
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One of the videos about Leila De Lima and Herbert Colangco currently circulating on the Internet can be seen here:
- KJ, Kami Media