Kaso pa more! Medialdea files 3rd libel case vs. Tulfo
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday (August 13) has filed another libel complaint against columnist Ramon Tulfo who accused the Malacanang official of extortion.
“Clearly, respondent Tulfo’s unfounded, baseless and malicious allegations gravely injured my reputation, diminished the esteem, confidence and respect of the public for me and my Office, and incited derogatory opinions about me and the Office I hold, read Medialdea’s complaint that was filed before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.
The complaint concerns the articles written by Tulfo and published in the Manila Times on July 25 and August 1.
The two articles written by Malacanang’s special envoy for public diplomacy to China concerns allegations that Medialdea demanded P72 million, through a certain Vianney Garol, for the release P272.07 million cash reward to informer Felicito Mejorado who helped uncover the P1.3 billion worth of smuggled crude oil that was seized in 1997 in Mariveles, Bataan.
“Had respondent Tulfo even exercised the slightest degree of care and professionalism required in his line of work, specifically had he bothered to exert any effort to verify those allegations, he would have discovered that I do not even know Vianney D. Garol,” said Medialdea.
He added that Mejorado’s claim for the release of the reward money has been denied by Department of Finance-Committee on Rewards and is now pending before the Office of the President.