- The Tulfo siblings graced the invitation of the senate to attend its inquiries in relation to the alleged 60-million ad placement
- Ben delivered his opening statement which was directed to Senator Trillanes
- Senator Richard Gordon, the chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, admonished Ben for his personal attack to the senator
The Tulfo siblings attended senate proceeding Tuesday over the alleged 60-million advertising contract between the Department of Tourism (DoT) and Bitag Media, Inc.
KAMI learned that Ben Tulfo, the chief executive officer of Bitag Media, was first given the floor to deliver his opening statement.
However, Ben immediately directed to Senator Antonio Trillanes for accusing his family of being thieves in a media statement.
"He (Sen. Trillanes) said, 'Kaya hindi isinasauli dahil ninakaw na e.' Ang paghuhusga mo nakasira nang husto sa amin. Look me in the eye now, say to my face," Tulfo exclaimed.
Because of this, Senator Richard Gordon, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, admonished Ben and explained that the senate proceeding follows certain rules.
"Let me at this point admonish the witness. Opening statement lang ho ang hinihingi... You cannot address any senator directly. Kung gusto n'yong magtanong, address the chair,” Gordon interrupted.
"We always adopt a firm and a fair attitude. We don't judge, we investigate. If you want to have your day in court, that will happen; but here, we're investigating in aid of legislation and we will make the proper recommendation," the senator added.
Ben immediately defended that he was just asking a question and explained that they graced the invitation of the senate to clear their names.
In a previous article by KAMI, Ben falsified the allegation that he will return the 60 million payment for the government’s advertisement.
It can be remembered that the issue started when the Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the legality of P60 million ad placement of DOT to the program, “Kilos Pronto” of People's Television Network (PTV) which Ben and Erwin Tulfo serve as the hosts.
Few of the COA findings were the lack of supporting documents between the two parties and the conflict of interest since one of the Tulfo siblings, Teo Wanda, was the then-Secretary of DOT.
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