Tulfo upset charges vs Claudine dismissed

Posted at 01/21/2013 1:18 PM | Updated as of 01/21/2013 7:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Journalist Mon Tulfo admitted he felt bad after a court decision came out dismissing the cases that he filed against actress Claudine Barretto.

Journalist Mon Tulfo

The charges stemmed from their much-publicized brawl at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last May.

In an interview with “The Buzz” that aired on Sunday, Tulfo said the court resolution seemed to make him appear as the bad guy when in fact he was the aggrieved party.

“Yung kasong isinampa nila laban sa akin na na-dismiss ng Pasay City Prosecutors Office ay hindi napabalita. 'Yun namang kaso na isinampa ko laban sa kanila, parang pratically dismissed kasi si Claudine hindi kasama sa kaso,” he said.

“Ang masakit nito, ako 'yung argabyado, parang ako pa ngayon ang may kasalanan sa buong nangyari,” Tulfo added.

It was reported last Thursday that the Office of the City Prosecutor of Pasay City has dismissed charges of attempted homicide, grave coercion and oral defamation filed by Tulfo against actress Barretto.

In a resolution penned by Teresita B. Punzuelo, the prosecutors’ office said the complaints were dismissed for lack of probable cause.

The prosecutor’s office recommended that only Barretto's husband, actor Raymart Santiago, be indicted for physical injuries and grave coercion, and their companion Eduardo Atilano be charged for inflicting injuries against Tulfo.

Meanwhile, the camp of Barretto and Santiago said they are grateful that justice is on their side.

“Pinapanigan nga po tayo ng city prosecutor ng Pasay na dini-dismiss nga ang kasong attempted homicide at oral defamation laban sa mag-asawang Raymart at Claudine. Natutuwa naman po kami doon,” said Rhenelle Mae Operario, the couple’s legal counsel.