- The Palace said that the Department of Justice should do something about the P60 million ad money from Bitag Media
- DOJ said that they are willing to assist the Office of the Ombudsman to conduct an investigation
- The issue stemmed from a COA report in 2018
The Malacañang directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to get back the P60 million advertisement money deal between former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and her brother Ben Tulfo.
KAMI learned that the DOJ is willing to assist the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) to probe the P60 million deal with Tulfo’s Bitag Media.
“In any event, if the DOJ will be asked to help in the investigation, we are ready to act on our own and/or coordinate with the OMB,” DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra, as reported by the Manila Bulletin (author Jeffrey Damicog).
In a report by the GMA News (author Virgil Lopez), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the DOJ should take legal actions about the money.
“The Palace always wants that laws are not only enforced but are obeyed to its fullest extent. As we said there are no sacred cows in this government, friends or allies,” Panelo said.
However, the Palace did not give a deadline about the return of the money.
The controversy started in 2018 when a Commission on Audit (COA) 2017 report showed that the People’s Television Network paid P60.010 million to Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. for airing DOT advertisements.
Teo was reported to be held liable for graft due to an alleged conflict of interest. Teo’s lawyer Ferdinand Topacio claimed that the Tulfo siblings would give back the money. However, Teo resigned after this announcement.
A few months later, Tulfo announced that they will not be returning the money and that they did not steal from the government.
As previously reported by KAMI, one of the Tulfo brothers, Erwin, got into hot waters against Social Welfare Chief Rolando Bautista. Later on, Erwin apologized to Bautista.
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