DILG chief orders recall of Tulfo brothers' security detail

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2) — The police detail of the Tulfo brothers have been pulled out following directives from Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

Año, in a message to CNN Philippines Sunday, confirmed the pullout of the security detail of the broadcast personalities Raffy, Erwin, and Ben Tulfo, as well as ACT-CIS Party-list Representative Jocelyn Tulfo.

In a statement, the Philippine National Police said the two security personnel -- who fall under the Police Special Protection Group -- assigned to Erwin Tulfo will undergo the regular inspection, interview and debriefing this week

"Based on standard protocols, the two (2) PNP security personnel assigned to Erwin Tulfo will undergo the regular inspection, interview and debriefing this week following an assigned schedule among all PSPG personnel on security detail," PCol. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said in a statement.

Banac added that the review of security personnel applies to "all authorized protectees," and that the continuation of security detail will largely depend on the outcome of this regular review process and the revalidation of the level of threats against the protectees.

Moreover, the military also pulled out two marines assigned to the special envoy to China Ramon Tulfo, who were among those recalled in response to a lack of personnel in the Marine Corps.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgar Arevalo explained Sunday that the recall of security details to Ramon has nothing to do with his brother Erwin's criticisms against the social welfare secretary.

These recalls come after the radio broadcaster Erwin apologized to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for his on-air tirades and threats against Secretary Rolando Bautista on his television radio program. But, Tulfo refused to take back his remark that the Cabinet official is inefficient

The Philippine Military Alumni Association said it would file libel and defamation cases against the broadcaster.

Arevalo added that they released the order to recall personnel since last year but its recent implementation bares no connection to the controversy surrounding Erwin Tulfo.

“The fact that it took effect only recently is part of the process,” stated Arevalo.