Broadcaster apologizes for rants vs DSWD chief



MANILA, Philippines — Radio broadcaster Erwin Tulfo apologized yesterday for the unwarranted rants and foul language he used in his radio program against Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, who did not grant him an interview.

But Tulfo insisted that it is his “right” as a journalist to criticize government officials, adding he won’t take back his criticisms against Bautista.

Tulfo is a brother of another journalist Ramon Tulfo, whose appointment by President Duterte as special envoy for public diplomacy to China has been renewed for another six months.

Erwin and another brother Ben were earlier involved in controversy when their sister, former tourism secretary Wanda Teo, was accused of corruption over television advertisements posted by the Department of Tourism on Ben Tulfo’s public service program at state-run PTV 4.

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) director general Harold Clavite yesterday criticized Erwin Tulfo for insulting on air Bautista, retired Army commanding general and now secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).