MANILA, Philippines --- The camp of broadcast journalist Erwin Tulfo filed perjury charges against showbiz couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Santiago over the latter's alleged erroneous statements on what transpired in the May 6, 2012 brawl at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) involving Tulfo's eldest brother Mon.
In a four-page complaint, lawyer Nelson Borja, Tulfo's counsel said the May 11, 2012 joint complaint affidavit of the couple claiming that Mon started the mauling incident throwing several brutal punches at them, were contrary to what really occurred.
Travelling alone and being 65-years old, records showed that it was the elder Tulfo who was helpless after being allegedly being ganged up and beaten by the group of respondents in full public view.
Borja claimed that the couple gave exaggerated statements allegedly to destroy the name of Mon while falsely branding his younger brothers and fellow journalists Ben, Raffy and Erwin as notorious and influential personalities.
In the couple's affidavit complaint, Raymart allegedly approached Mon after he noticed him taking pictures of the incident where his group was lodging a complaint against Cebu Pacific over the mishandling of their baggage.
Without any provocation, the couple alleged that Mon sarcastically smiled and threw several punches and kicked Raymart, prompting the latter to allegedly defend himself.
However, security personnel at the airport restrained and pacified him.
The couple's complaint added that Claudine, angered at what Mon allegedly did to her husband, asked why he hit Raymart and in the process was pushed and forcefully kicked by the journalist at least twice in her leg.
Claudine claimed that the force of Mon's alleged aggression caused her to ram her back against the counter allegedly causing her to suffer several abrasions and hematoma in different parts of the body.
Borja claimed that all other material, derogatory and threatening allegations contained in the couple's complaint have been denied in view of the joint statement of public apology the Tulfo brothers issued over ''T3 Program of TV 5 Broadcasting Network on May 8, 2012.