MANILA, PHILIPPINES — On Wednesday, May 18, media figure Ramon “Mon” Tulfo Jr. was arrested by the Manila Police District after a warrant for cyber libel was filed against him.
Tulfo was caught around 10:30 a.m. and delivered to the Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMART) office at Manila City Hall.
The broadcaster was given an arrest warrant by Judge Maria Victoria Soriano-Villadolid of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 for potential violations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
More information was not immediately available.
Alfred Campañano, the broadcaster’s lawyer, said he will submit an urgent request to get the arrest warrant lifted within the day.
Tulfo has already been charged with libel before. After two regional trial court judges ordered his arrest for libel, he surrendered to officials in March 2020.
Tulfo was also accused of defamation by former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in 2019 for claiming that he earned a cut from the “pastillas” bribery scheme at Manila’s airport.
Mon Tulfo is a columnist, TV host, and radio commentator. In the forthcoming Congress, his brother Raffy, who is also a broadcaster, is expected to earn a Senate seat. Raffy previously stated that if elected to the Senate, he will try to decriminalize libel in order to protect journalists, but that he intends to preserve civil liability. – WhatALife!