Ben Tulfo blasts conditions set by DSWD chief for accepting brother's apology

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Ben Tulfo (right), with his sister, former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo (File photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) — The Social Welfare secretary is taking another verbal beating from a Tulfo brother.

Broadcaster Ben Tulfo sent out a strongly-worded tweet Saturday over the conditions set by Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista to prove the sincerity of Erwin Tulfo's apology.

"Putres na “brotherhood”! ang KAKAPAL! Ayon sa kumag na OIC, mag-sorry daw sa lahat ng media outlet. “BUTAW” na P300k kinakailangan para mahugasan ang kasalanan. Tsong, daig mo pa si Padre Damaso at mga kolokoy na kauri mo! Nagpapatawa ka ba?!" Tulfo said, ending with the hashtag #unfiltered.

[Translation: That damned "brotherhood!" They have some nerve! According to the damned OIC (officer in charge), an apology must be said over all media outlets. P300,000 must be given to wash away the sins. You put Padre Damaso at the others like you. Are you joking?]

Tulfo's brother Erwin, who is also a broadcaster, berated Bautista on the air last week after the Social Welfare secretary did not immediately respond to an interview request during his show.

Erwin then came under fire from Bautista's colleagues in the military who said the former general's character was beyond reproach.

Tulfo initially apologized for his tirade, but refused to take back his remark that the Cabinet official is inefficient.

On Monday, Erwin Tulfo issued an unequivocal apology to Bautista and promised to tone down his "Tulfo-brand of journalism."

On Friday, Bautista issued a statement via the Department of Social Welfare and Development's website, which listed conditions that Tulfo must meet before the Secretary accepted the apology.

Bautista said a donation of not less than ₱300,000 must be given to 19 organizations he identified in exchange for damages from the maligning of his reputation as well as the institutions he is part of.