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COA questions P60-M DOT ads payment to Ben Tulfo's media outfit

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Rappler | April 28, 2018

tate auditors are questioning the P60-million payment made by the Department of Tourism to the media outfit of Ben Tulfo in 2017 because of lack of documents to support the transactions.

Based on the 2017 audit report on government-run People’s Television Network, Incorporated (PTNI), released on Friday, April 27, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the payment was for DOT ad placements in Kilos Pronto, aired on PTV-4.

Ben Tulfo, brother of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, is the chief executive officer of PTV-4 blocktimer Bitag Media Unlimited, Incorporated (BMUI), which runsKilos Pronto. He co-hosts the show with brother Erwin and Alex Santos.

COA said PTNI’s disbursement records in 2017 showed 3 checks were issued to BMUI amounting to P60,009,560:

  • P22,089,560 released on May 11, 2017, with disbursement voucher number 17050779
  • P18.96 million released on November 8, 2017, with disbursement voucher number 17102125
  • P18.96 million released on December 15, 2017, with disbursement voucher number 17122485

But COA said there was no proper documentation for the 3 payments to BMUI, as PTNI failed to present a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or a Certificate of Performance on the disbursements.

"Due to the absence of the documents mentioned and the deficiencies noted, the accuracy, legality and validity of the payments made to Blocktimer BMUI in the amount of P60,009,560.00 could not be ascertained," COA said.


for the full article: https://www.rappler.com/nation/201291-ben-tulfo-bitag-media-cornered-millions-advertisements-dot-2017-coa



  • Darius03Darius03 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    This money should be recovered and some people should go to jail!
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 2018 #3
  • buddywbuddyw PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    FACT CHECK: Wanda Teo claims no hand in P60M ads, but DOT contract specified Bitag

    (UPDATED) The audit report says the contract signed by DOT 'specifically required' PTV to air ads on Kilos Pronto, the show produced by the brother of Tourism Secretary Teo

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo insisted she had no prior knowledge of the P60-million worth of advertisements placed in her brother's production company, even though the contract of the Department of Tourism (DOT) specifically mentioned her brother Ben Tulfo's Bitag Media.

    Teo released several statements after news broke out that the Commission on Audit had flagged the lack of supporting documents for the ad placements. It was state-run PTV that paid for the ad placements in blocktimer Bitag Media.

    A blocktimer is an independent production company whose shows and programs are aired over a network or channel. In this case, PTV is the channel and Bitag’s show, Kilos Pronto, is the blocktimer.

    The DOT placed ads on PTV, and the network, in turn, aired them over Kilos Pronto and paid them P60,009,560 for it.

    To defend herself, Teo said in a radio interview on April 28 that she did not know PTV was going to tap Tulfo’s Bitag Media company for the ad placements, and that she was even “surprised” to find out.

    Ang kontrata namin is between DOT and PTV, kasi ang kuwan ng gobyerno tulungan ang government station, that was the mandate of the President, ‘yun ang sinabi sa amin. Beyond that, hindi ko na alam kung binigay nila sa outfit ng brother ko, our contract, based on the contract, was PTV. Kumbaga kung binigay ng PTV sa brother ko, hindi ko na alam ‘yan because wala naman kaming…in fact I was even surprised because ang, ano 'to, is between DOT and PTV4,” Teo said over radio station dzMM.

    (Our contract is between DOT and PTV, because the government wanted to help the government station, that was the mandate of the President, that was what we were told. Beyond that, I didn't know if they gave it to my brother's outift. Our contract was with PTV, so if PTV gave it to my brother, I didn't know because we had no...in fact I was even surprised because it was between DOT and PTV4.)

    On Monday, April 30, Teo tweaked her statement and said that she knew the ad placements were going to Kilos Pronto, but only after they signed the contract.

    "After the signing of the contract, they told us [they will place ads on] Kilos Pronto because the show's ratings were high," Teo told reporters in a quick press conference that entertained only a few questions from media. Not long after, she left for a meeting.

    The question is, when did Teo find out that the ad placements were going to Bitag’s Kilos Pronto?

    The COA report says that the memorandum of agreement (MOA) of DOT “specifically required” PTV to air the advertisements on Kilos Pronto.

    “The MOA on file was between [PTV] and DOT, specifically requiring [PTV] to air a 6-minute segment buy in PTVs Daily News-type magazine segment, Kilos Pronto, plus a 3-minute DOT spot within the program. There were no provisions for the airtime rates per segment/spot and such other terms and conditions of the commercial advertisement specifically as regards the manner of payment,” state auditors said in their 2017 findings and recommendations on PTV.

    The COA said there was no MOA between PTV and Bitag Media. In a statement on April 28, PTV said they have a contract with Bitag Media, and that they already clarified it with COA “in a recently held exit conference."

    Tulfo also accused an official of leaking the COA report, which prompted newly-appointed Tourism Undersecretary Jose Gabriel "Pompee" La Viña to say it wasn't him who leaked it.

    The COA report was not leaked. The government auditor always uploads audit reports on the COA website for everyone to see and download.

  • sargosargo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    clearly this is corruption. sister DOT chief Teo gives her brothers, the Tulfo brothers a whopping P60 MILLION! this is what you do when you make being appointed to a government position as a family business.   
  • BeerhandBopBeerhandBop PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    well top rater naman yung show ni tulfo.LoLoL 

  • sargosargo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 2018 #7

    there is no legitimate advertising justification for spending P60 Million on the Tulfo brothers' Kilos Pronto TV show. that show is very low rating and has zero probability that foreign tourists from abroad watch the TV show.  with the very low ratings, even local tourists hardly watch the show. who watches PTV4??? 

    the only justification is that Teo wants to enrich her brothers and herself. 
  • sargosargo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    these are 2018 ratings, but i don't think its any different in 2017 when DOT Teo gave her siblings, the Tulfo brothers P60 Million to buy ad time in their Kilos Pronto TV show. 

    in these ratings, Kilos Pronto didn't even reach the top 20. 


    the lowest rating show here has a rating of 9%. there are many more shows that can be in the list. so the Tulfo brothers TV show rating is what, at 1%?! 

    spend P60Milion on a show with a 1% rating! 

    no justification, except corruption. they wanted to enrich the Teo-Tulfo family. 
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    the Tulfo brothers have graduated from EXTOTION to CORRUPTION with Ate Wanda.

    _knorr_ said:

    Isumbong mo si Tulfo kay Raymart and Claudine

    hindi ninyo getz ..... 20M for Mon, 20M for Raffy and 20M for Ben.

    pre, you are so lame for watching the PSCO lotto draw every night.

    well top rater naman yung show ni tulfo.LoLoL 

    No.1 TV fan ng Tulfo ay si Ate WANDA TEO. she watches every show produced by BITAG Productions including the replays.
  • Buong angkan ni Wandarambong Tukmol Teo.
    Kaya dumadami unemployment kasi kinuha na lahat ng position ng asawa.

  • EgozumEgozum PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Sec. Andanar, ‘di ligtas sa imbestigasyon ng Palasyo

    Inaalam ng Palasyo kung may kinalaman si Sec. Martin Andanar sa kontrobersyal na DOT-PTV advertisement deal.

  • sargosargo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    why a segment buy? 

    a segment buy is much more expensive than a spot buy. a segment buy involves several minutes of the program time vs a spot buy which is usually a 30 second airtime. a segment buy also involves production cost which the advertiser will need to shoulder. 

    they went into a segment buy to jack up the cost, to reach a whopping P60 Million. it will not reach P60 Million if these are all spot buys. the segment buy makes it easier to reach that amount. 

  • EgozumEgozum PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Masyado umanong maaga ang mga panawagang magbitiw na sa puwesto si Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo sa gitna ng kontrobersiyang napunta ang P60 milyong advertising fund ng ahensya sa programa ng mga kapatid ng kalihim sa PTV-4, ayon sa kanyang abogado
  • sargosargo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    the P60 Million is just this incident with her brothers. what about other similar incidents with her friends and other relatives. 

    it's in her character - she cancelled an international food festival and replaced it with a local food festival because the event organizer of the local food festival is her friend. 

    Teo also brought her personal hairdresser and make-up artist with her during her foreign trips. 

    there should be more which involves not just her brothers. 
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^^ magkano ba yun donation ng mga Tuflo sa kandidatura ni DuDirty at sobra ang BAYAD UTANG.

    Egozum said:
    Masyado umanong maaga ang mga panawagang magbitiw na sa puwesto si Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo sa gitna ng kontrobersiyang napunta ang P60 milyong advertising fund ng ahensya sa programa ng mga kapatid ng kalihim sa PTV-4, ayon sa kanyang abogado
    the plan is as for resignation of both Teo and Andanar because Andanar controls PTV4.
  • buddywbuddyw PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    COA finds more questionable transactions at PTV

    On top of the questionable P60-million ad placement of the Department of Tourism, the Commission on Audit (COA) has found more multi-mullion-peso irregularities on how state-run People's Television Network Inc. (PTNI) handled its 2017 budget. 

    The COA, in its 2017 audit report, said almost P10.5 million received by PTNI officials and employees as Economic Relief Allowance (ERA) and incentive for their coverage of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) was disbursed without approval from the Office of the President (OP).

    The ERA had a total amount of almost P6 million, while the SEAG incentives amounted to around P4.5 million. Both contractual service personnel and permanent employees received the allowance and incentive.

    The COA said this violated Section 5 of Presidential Decree No. 1597, or the Rationalization of the System of Compensation and Position Classification, which states that all allowances and other benefits granted to government employees "shall be subject to the approval of the President upon recommendation of the Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management."

    State auditors directed the PTNI management to submit a copy of the OP's approval of the ERA and SEAG incentive, or else the state-run network will be forced to refund the P10.5 million.

    "Submit copy of the authority from the Office of the President for the grant of SEA Games Incentive and ERA to PTNI officials/employees. If no approval is obtained, refund the said amounts to avoid disallowance in audit," the 2017 audit report read.

    The COA also flagged PTNI for the unimposed liquidated damages against various suppliers who incurred delays in the delivery of contracted goods and services.

    It said the total damages has reached to P67.1 million, about P34.9 million of which is now "uncertain" after PTNI reported that it has fully paid its suppliers without the charged damages.

    The unliquidated damages include P29.8 million for the delivery of two units of digital satellite/electronic vans, P5.1 million worth for the supply of high-definition video systems, and P698,546.40 for the delivery of a centralized non-linear editing system.

    The Implementing Rules and Regulation of the Government Procurement Reform Act mandates the payment of liquidated damages from the supplier for any delayed goods scheduled for delivery until such goods are finally delivered and accepted.

    The COA urged PTNI to "rescind contracts wherein liquidated damages for late deliveries have already reached 10 percent of the contract amount."

    Non-existent parking lot

    Furthermore, COA questioned PTNI's payment of P1.3 million for a supposedly non-existent parking lot extension.

    "Review of the approved parking lot design against the actual accomplishments showed that there was no parking lot extension constructed or developed nor improvement made of any kind similar to what was described and defined in the approved plans and specifications of the project," COA said.

    State auditors had verified an accomplishment report supporting the disbursement voucher, which showed that PTNI's Provincial Network Division officer-in-charge signed the progress billing and recommended the same to the project manager and officer-in-charge of the Engineering Division.

    The COA said the amount paid for the project also exceeded the budgeted cost of P1.29 million.

    The COA further learned that PTNI actually had no approval from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the rightful owner of the lot, for the construction of a parking lot extension. PTNI and PIA share the same compound along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City.

    The COA called on the PTNI management to immediately refund the P1.3 million it paid to the parking extension's contractor since its project for the network failed to materialize.

    The office of PTNI general manager Dino Antonio Apolonio received the COA report on April 23.
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