PNP chief wants fellow PMA grads to move on from Tulfo tirades

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief P/Gen. Oscar Albayalde wants his fellow Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduates to move on from media personality Erwin Tulfo’s tirades against one of the military school’s alumni, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista.

“Let’s move forward. I think, as I’ve heard yesterday when Erwin Tulfo made a public apology, it’s very much acceptable, it’s very noble of him and very gentleman,” Albayalde told CNN Philippines’ The Source on Tuesday, echoing a similar call from Malacañang yesterday.

Tulfo made an unequivocal public apology yesterday to Bautista, a retired military general, for attacking him on air for failing to pick up his phone call for an interview. He added that he was ready to say sorry to the Social Welfare Secretary in person.

He earlier apologized for his excessive rants — where he threatened to slap Bautista and dunk his head in a toilet — but refused to take back his remark that the Social Welfare chief is inefficient.

His tirades angered PMA alumni and prompted the PMA Alumni Association Inc. (PMAAAI) to threaten him with libel and defamation charges. Tulfo said he will face the charges if PMAAAI decides to pursue them despite his apology.

“This person, he served for 37 years in the Philippine Army. Hindi naman biro-biro ang service niya [His service is not just a joke.] He’s with the Scout Ranger, he’s with the Special Forces, he served in Marawi. You could just imagine — war veteran, and yet, parang ganun lang ang sasabihin natin sa isang taong ganito [he is just told these things,]” Albayalde said, adding that he himself was offended by Tulfo’s insults.

However, Albayalde, who was with Bautista in the same company at the PMA for three years, said the Social Welfare chief has most likely accepted Tulfo’s apology.

Security may return

Albayalde earlier admitted that the PNP’s pullout of security escorts for Erwin and his two brothers Ben and Ramon were triggered by the media personality’s tirades against Bautista.

“I’m a PMA-er. Of course I was hurt dahil na-drag ‘yung PMA graduates doon sa sinabi nila [because all PMA graduates were dragged into what they said.] Of course I am the PNP chief, what would they think about me if I will not do anything about it?” Albayalde said, while denying that he ordered the pullout of the Tulfo brothers’ security detail.

Albayalde said the recall of police security for the three Tulfos were partly due to the “bad behavior” and “misdemeanor” exhibited by Erwin.

However, the police chief said that the Tulfos can get their police security back, if they would apply again.