Not a wise idea! Leonardia turns down Tulfo invitation


Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has begged off on the invitation of broadcaster Ben Tulfo for an interview in his radio program BTAG Live on state-owned PTV 4 next week.

In a letter addressed to Tulfo, Leonardia’s counsel Atty. Marvin Tañada said: “Given the experience of the mayor in Tulfo’s recent interview in his program, they do not believe it is such a wise idea to have another one”

The radio broadcaster earlier criticized Leonardia after a complainant accused Bacolod City councilor Al Victor Espino of allegedly not paying a basketball team that played against the Bacolod City Police Office last October. (

“After that December 6 interview, we have the impression that you have your own rules of journalism, rules that even our own fellow journalists are embarrassed about. In an unprecedented move, the local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, which usually stays neutral in cases involving public officials, have even come out to condemn your actions,” said Tañada.

The abogado insisted that the said basketball event was not an official activity of the MassKara Festival.

The game was “clearly a private transaction between Councilor Al Victor Espino and Gene Padilla, et al.,” he added.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran earlier said the Council is considering to declare Tulfo ”persona non grata” in the city for his deplorable treatment of Leonardia in his program.