Tulfo: I wanted to get my gun

Posted at 05/13/2012 8:26 PM | Updated as of 05/14/2012 11:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Journalist Mon Tulfo admitted his first instinct when actor Raymart Santiago hit him during the brawl that happened last Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was really to get his gun.

Journalist Mon Tulfo.

“Ang instinct ko ay tumakbo papunta kung nasaan ang baril ko. Kukunin ko ang baril ko and that would have been very nasty,” Tulfo told Boy Abunda in an exclusive interview with “The Buzz” aired on Sunday.

Tulfo said though it was unfortunate that his gun was still at the counter.

“Hindi ko pa nari-receive sa counter. Nasa loob pa ako ng terminal building... Naisip ko lang sa sarili ko, ‘Naku kung mangyayari ito, patay si Mon Tulfo.’ Pero ang number one instinct ko noon, takbuhin ko ang baril ko at balikan sila roon. Wala nang makakapigil sa akin. Maraming masasawi,” he added.

Tulfo said he decided to just stand his ground and duke it out with Santiago and his friends than for people to think he’s a coward.

“Ang ginawa ko sana nung nakita kong marami na sila, tumakbo na ako na parang duwag. Kasi akala ko sa sarili ko at that time, kapag tumakbo ako ano na lang ang sasabihin ng mga tao sa akin? Hindi ako tumakbo. I stood my ground. Nagkamali ako dahil ang dami nila,” he said.

Tulfo insisted he never intended to shove or kick Santiago’s wife, actress Claudine Barretto.

“No, no [hindi ko tinulak si Claudine]. Malayo siya. Minsan nakakaganti ako, nakakatulak ako... 'Yung sinasabing nasipa ko siya, maaaring noong nakalugmok na ako, sumisipa na ako dahil iyon ang ginawa kong panangga kasi nakita sa video nga na tumba na ako, pinagtutulungan na ako, tumba na ako, ” he said.

Tulfo also appealed to the person who recorded the video of the brawl to come out so he can personally thank him.

“Hanggang ngayon kung maari sana makipagkita ka sa akin even in secret para mapasalamatan ko at mayakap lang kita. Kung hindi sa video na iyon, wala na ako ngayon. Lugmok na ako sa public opinion,” he said.