Tulfo's threats vs DSWD Chief factored in recall of security escorts – PNP Chief

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde said it plainly. The recall of broadcaster Erwin Tulfo's security escorts was not a coincidence and was partly triggered by his threats and tirades against Social Welfare Chief Rolando Bautista.

"I'm sure we'll all be lying to you kung sasabihin natin na walang kinalaman iyon. It has something to do with his comments to the Secretary of DSWD," he said in a media briefing on Monday.

He said that while not the primary reason, it was an important factor in the recall of Tulfo's security escorts from PNP's Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG).

The 8 police details of Erwin, his brothers Raffy and Ben, and his sister-in-law ACT-CIS Party-list Representative Jocelyn Tulfo were withdrawn on Saturday. This happened after Erwin berated and threatened Bautista, a former Army Chief, on his radio-television program for failing to grant him an interview.

The police chief said the security detail given to personalities is a privilege — not a right — and can be revoked anytime.

"Kung ikaw na nagbibigay ng protective detail sa isang tao, yet ikaw mismo ang tinitira niya, then what would you feel? Protective security is a matter of privelege. Hindi pwedeng abusuhin ang pribelehiyong binigay sa kanila," he said.

Albayalde and Bautista are both products of the Philippine Military Academy.

PSPG Director PCSupt Filmore Escobal said the review of security detail is done periodically. The police security granted to the Tulfo brothers, known for their scathing commentaries, were supposed to last until June 12 as they were exempted during the election ban.

Albayalde said good moral character is also a consideration in the PNP's decision to retain security for the Tulfo brothers.

Meanwhile, the military also pulled out two marines assigned to Ramon Tulfo, the special envoy to China. Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgar Arevalo however insists the action had nothing to do with Tulfo's brother Erwin's criticisms, but in response to a perceived lack of personnel in the Marine Corps.

Ramon Tulfo told CNN Philippines that his brother Erwin will issue a public apology. Erwin had earlier apologized for his "excessive rants," but refused to take back his remark that Bautista is inefficient.

"I learned about it when I was in Japan with the President. I said, 'Oh my God, my brother committed a grave mistake.' He admitted he was wrong," he told "The Source" on Monday.

The eldest of the Tulfo siblings took responsibility for the mistakes of Erwin.

"My father was a respected military man and he taught us to respect authority. Along the way, perhaps we couldn’t handle success. I’m sorry. Probably there’s a lesson to be learned here. What goes up comes down, what comes down goes up. The universe is a perfect balance, the yin and the yang. I’m not justifying what Erwin did, I’m just saying he was wrong, completely wrong," he said.