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Sunday, July 21, 2019
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PMA alumni declare Erwin Tulfo as persona non grata

THE Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAAI) has declared broadcaster Erwin Tulfo as persona non grata due to his tirades against former army commander now Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista.

The group's spokesperson, retired colonel Noel Detoyato, said Tulfo’s presence or participation, either physical or by proxy, shall not be appreciated in all activities held inside or outside areas of jurisdiction by the PMAAAI or any of its chapter members and affiliate organizations.

“He will also be dispossessed of the privileges and courtesies granted to responsible media practitioners under the said circumstances,” Detoyato said.

He said the declaration was formalized in a board resolution signed by PMAAAI Chairman and chief executive officer, retired major general Rufo de Veyra, and president and chief operations officer, Police Colonel Arthur Bisnar, on June 7, 2019.

The resolution cited Tulfo’s use of foul, offensive and derogatory language against Bautista, who is a member of the PMA Class of 1985, during his radio show.

“(Tulfo) Committed the great injustice of including in his rants the Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) which also counts the general membership of the PMAAAI,” the resolution reads.

“The PMAAAI takes offense and strongly condemns the boorish behaviour and derogatory remarks of Mr. Tulfo that spilled over the ranks of the active and retired Officers, Men, and Women of the MUP thereby assailing the very core of service to country and people of which the PMAAAI squarely stands for,” it added.

Tulfo berated Bautista for denying a request for an interview over the radio.

“The broadcaster’s actions and words were not only contrary to the Broadcast Code of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and the Journalist’s Code of Ethics of the National Press Club, it also violated R.A. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, and the Revised Penal Code,” said Detoyato. (SunStar Philippines)


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