Tulfo sues movie actor Raymart and wife Claudine Baretto over NAIA mauling incident

May 7, 2012 9:51 pm 

MANILA, May 7 — A day after he was mauled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 3, veteran radio and print journalist Ramon Tulfo on Monday filed charges of grave coercion and physical injury against movie actor Raymart Santiago, wife Claudine Barreto and company before the Pasay City prosecutor's office.

Tulfo, who showed up at the Pasay City Prosecutor's office wearing sunglasses on Monday, said he did not want to file a complaint against the Santiagos but changed his mind after further verbal abuse committed by Claudine.

He filed a case of grave coercion against Santiago after the latter allegedly tried but failed to take his cellphone camera from him. He was ganged up instead by Santiago and company, including Barreto.

Tulfo also filed charges of physical injury against spouses Raymart and Claudine Baretto-Santiago, their companion Eduardo Atilano, and several other John and Jane Does.

He said the airport security is also culpable because he sustained further injuries when they physically subdued him.

Tulfo's left and right temples as well as his right jaw are still swollen and also complaining of pain in his neck.

The hard-hitting journalist said he only wanted to document and take a picture of Claudine's alleged outburst at an airline representative after the arrival of their luggage got delayed.

The video, which can be seen through the YouTube or on the internet, showed the couple and several of their companions ganging up on Tulfo while airport security guards tried to break up the fight that happened shortly after the columnist took pictures of Barretto allegedly berating a ground stewardess of Cebu Pacific over some of their delayed checked-in baggage.

The fistfight took place around 11 a.m. on Sunday at the NAIA 3 baggage claim area.

Tulfo was a passenger of a domestic flight from Davao City while Santiago and Barretto were among the passengers of Cebu Pacific flight 5J 896 from Boracay. (PNA)

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