Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday revealed that he has filed another libel complaint against columnist and special envoy for public diplomacy to China Ramon Tulfo.
Medialdea’s complaint is reportedly related to the articles published by Tulfo in the local news outlet The Manila Times on July 25 and on August 1. This will be his third libel case against the columnist.
In the said articles, Tulfo said that the account of a certain Felicito Mejorado claimed that he has yet to receive reward money from the government for providing a tip on a smuggling operation in Bataan.
“Tulfo, in an apparent attempt to discredit my honor, integrity and reputation, maliciously implied that I am remiss in the performance of my duties and worse, even categorically alleged that I demanded the amount of P72 million, implying that I am a corrupt public official,” Medialdea said in the complaint.
“Clearly, contrary to what respondent Tulfo maliciously wants to impress upon the public, I take my duties as the Executive Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines very seriously and ensure that I am not remiss in the performance of my duties,” Medialdea added.
Aside from Tulfo, Medialdea also included in his complaint five officers and editors from The Manila Times. The Executive Secretary is asking Php140million in moral and exemplary damages.
It can be recalled that Medialdea first filed his complaint against Tulfo for a column wherein he was tagged with the ‘corrupt’ board members of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
It was then followed by how Tulfo “maliciously implied” Medialdea’s involvement in a “scandal” concerning the alleged overpricing of athletes’ apparel.