Deplorable decision of the Mediator
We are appalled at how a retired Supreme Court (SC) judge could have formulated an opinion so stupid it gives the dumbest law student the hope of graduating as a valedictorian! Appointed by President Duterte to the ombudsman’s office shortly after his retirement from the SC, Samuel Martires dismissed corruption charges against former tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, his brother Ben Tulfo and other officials of the public television network popular (PTV -4) involving millions of tourism funds for advertising purposes.
According to the editorial titled ‘Justice Delayed, Justice Denied’ (10/19/21), Teo’s defense was that she had no idea she was giving her £ 60million in taxpayer money to her. brother, Ben Tulfo, who produced the television commercials for the tourism department. Martires nodded thoughtlessly: “(N) nowhere has it been directly shown that Secretary Teo knows that Kilos Pronto belongs to Ben Tulfo, his brother.” “Kilos Pronto”, the television program that aired the tourist ads, is produced by Bitag Media, which is owned by Ben Tulfo. The whole enchilada involved 120 million pesos for advertising purposes on PTV-4. Oops, Teo later said the ad deal his department approved would make his own brother rich. As the great tales go, this one has to take the cake.
And as incredibly stupid as this defense seemed even to laymen, Martires took the hook, the line and the sinker. Perhaps Senator Richard Gordon was right when he suggested that President Duterte had filled the Ombudsman’s office with people he could absolutely rely on to watch his back and his friends.
Chin Chin Katigbak, [email protected]
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