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Ayaw sa Senado: Mon Tulfo to be Duterte’s special envoy to China

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Broadcaster Mon Tulfo has announced that he will be appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as a special envoy to China.

In his October 6 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Tulfo said he doesn’t want to become a senator despite faring well in pre-election surveys, ranking 11th to 17th in Pulse Asia’s poll.

He said he also rejected the help offered by Duterte for his senatorial bid.

“When I told him (Duterte) that a Senate campaign entails spending at least P300 million, the President said he had a little amount’ for me. Plus, he would campaign for me,” he said.

“Coming from the President, that was very flattering but I told him I didn’t want him to spend for me,” Tulfo added.

Instead of running for senator, the broadcaster offered to become a special envoy to China, which Duterte agreed to.

“As special envoy to China, which pays only P1 per year, I could retain my public service program—Isumbong mo kay Tulfo—on dzRP, my bread and butter,” he said.

Tulfo said he could also help bring in Chinese investors to the Philippines.

“I have been talking with Chinese government officials and businessmen in my visits to China since the President broke the ice with our big neighbor. I found that China is interested in contract farming—leasing idle agricultural lands and fishponds,” he said.

As part of his new role, Tulfo said he would also help facilitate applications and issuance of permits to Chinese investors, as well do back channel talks with China when diplomatic issues arise.