Three Tulfo brothers suspended, TV5 official says
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MANILA, Philippines The three hosts of T3: Kapatid, Sagot Kita have been suspended, the corporate public relations officer of TV5 said on Wednesday.
"The Tulfo brothers, Erwin, Raffy, and Ben have been suspended as of 5 p.m. today," a text message sent to InterAksyon said on Wednesday, quoting TV5's corporate public relations officer Peachy Vibal-Guioguio.
"Mon Tulfo, Martin Andanar, and Atty. Mel Sta. Maria will serve as hosts of T3," the same text message said.
No additional details were provided, but the younger Tulfos had drawn flak for their on-air remarks against actor Raymart Santiago, who had figured in an airport brawl with their brother Ramon.
In lieu of the Tulfo siblings, eldest brother Mon - who was not involved in the controversy over the on-air remarks widely seen as bordering on “threats” - was made host of the T3 show, along with two other network hosts, Martin Andanar and resident legal commentator Atty. Mel Sta. Maria.
The three younger Tulfos face an investigation announced earlier by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), which set a hearing Thursday.
Earlier the Kapatid network said in a statement on Tuesday that the remarks of the younger Tulfos, made just before Atty. Mel Sta. Maria interviewed their brother Mon on Monday, were spontaneous, unscripted, and "uncalled for," and that the management was taking action on the matter.