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BIR exec hits Tulfo for ‘libelous’ columns

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by Allan Yves Briones

In a column published Tuesday, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Assistant Commissioner for Client Support Services Teresita Angeles called out columnist Ramon Tulfo for his “malicious, libelous” articles regarding her and a fellow official.

“[M]r. Tulfo’s two articles, which were based solely on an unverified, unvalidated and quite obviously manufactured video recording are a clear example of malicious and irresponsible reporting, a case of journalism totally gone wrong,” she wrote.

Angeles was referring to two columns written by Tulfo published last week allegedly exposing corruption at the BIR.

In his two articles, Tulfo cited Angeles and Don Samson, whom he referred to as BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay’s chief of staff.

Tulfo made numerous references to a viral video documenting an invective-heavy conversation allegedly between Angeles and Samson back in 2017 condemning Dulay’s corruption in relation to two companies, Mighty Cigarettes Corp. and Del Monte Foods Corp.

This conversation, according to Angeles, never happened.

“This particular claim and exposé of Mr. Tulfo, I repeat, is downright false, malicious and illegal…Don Samson was never with me (at the time),” she said. “(He) should have investigated deeper as to the source of that video.

According to Angeles, Tulfo should’ve at least confronted them and validated the contents of the video.

Angeles also took offense to Tulfo’s claim that she was placed on “floating status” when she was downgraded from being the Assistant Commissioner for Large Taxpayers Service to the Client Support Services department.

“I am…very, very busy in my job. I review procedures and processes to comply with the Ease of Doing Business Law. My division addresses taxpayer complaints referred to us by the Office of the President and more,” she said.

Angeles mourned the fact that Tulfo’s articles have gone viral, inflicting damages on her person as well as to the BIR where she was worked “for almost 30 years.”

“I therefore repeat that Mr. Tulfo’s two articles, which were based solely on an unverified, unvalidated and quite obviously manufactured video recording are a clear example of malicious and irresponsible reporting, a case of journalism totally gone wrong.”

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