Controversial Tulfo brothers lost security details provided by the police and the military just days after one of them infuriated uniformed personnel by berating Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, a retired general.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday made a statement that it recalled the Philippine Marine Corps security detail of special envoy Ramon “Mon” Tulfo, among others, “due to the dearth of personnel.”
Arevalo said in a statement, “The [Marine] Corps has sent correspondence to their respective principals since last year informing them of the order requiring the Marines to report back to the headquarters for consequent deployment to forward units.”
The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, stated personnel guarding Tulfo’s brothers — Erwin, Ben and Raffy — were also being recalled as part of a reevaluation.
Reports also noted that ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Jocelyn Tulfo — Raffy’s wife — would also lose her security detail.
Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, whose department oversees the PNP added, “I want the PNP to reassess and evaluate the policy and protocol of providing police security to different personalities because this is just a privilege, not a right.”
AFP’s Arevalo recanted that the recall of Mon Tulfo’s security detail had been prompted by his younger brother’s tirade against Bautista after the latter declined to be interviewed.
Año, however, “Recipient personalities must abide proper rules and decorum and be responsible in their actions. While the PNP is doing this, security escorts of Erwin and others are recalled.”
Erwin Tulfo had called Bautista “crazy” and was susceptible to slapping him, prompting condemnation from groups such as the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association. The brothers Tulfo are known for courting controversy in their radio and TV shows and also their print columns.
Bautista is a PMA alumnus and former Philippine Army chief and commander of the Presidential Security Group. He is a classmate of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. and Peace Process Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr.