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Charge them with plunder! Mon Tulfo wants brother Ben, Wanda Teo in jail over P120M ad deal

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Broadcaster Mon Tulfo doesn’t mind seeing two of his siblings in prison over the controversial P120-million contract signed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) with the state-run People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI) for airing its ads.

In his July 14 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mon urged concerned government agencies to investigate his brother Ben and sister Wanda Teo, the former DOT Secretary, over the advertisement deal.

“If warranted, all of them should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Ben and Wanda may be charged with plunder, a nonbailable offense, for all I care,” he said.

The self-proclaimed Tulfo patriarch lauded the Commission on Audit for flagging the contract because the conflict of interest was clear on Wanda’s part.

“No matter from what angle you look at it, the contract was irregular for Wanda to pour in hundreds of millions of pesos in advertisements with PTV 4, where Ben is a private contractor,” Mon said.

In its annual audit report on the DOT, COA flagged the deal between DOT and PTNI for “possible conflict of interest” because 75 percent of the P120-million contract or P89.8 million will be paid to “Kilos Pronto,” a show produced by Ben.

Based on the airtime schedule provided in the MOA and media plan, COA found that “Kilos Pronto” will get most of the cost of the airing since the tourism commercials will be frequently aired within their program and it is the only program that will provide a segment for DOT.

COA earlier called the attention of PTNI for paying “Kilos Pronto” P60 million without proper documentation.

It has ordered DOT to return the P120 million allotted for the deal.

Aside from his siblings, Mon urged the PTNI officials who were allegedly in cahoots with Ben, as well as high ranking officials of the Presidential Communications Operations Office to be investigated for allowing the deal to push through.