Like yours truly, Mr. Tulfo is a media practitioner and it goes without saying that our sympathy simply tilts to no other than the latter and not the former just like when we hear victims of media killings we already lost count of.
Perhaps, one can charge it to that “brothers in arms” thing, the instinct of instantly siding to your brother or sister blind.
But we are not saying, our colleague Mon Tulfo is not to blame nor Raymart and Claudine and to some extent, the airline company itself may also be at fault.
All of the above simply added up into what it is now – a full-blown media and PR war.
Truth vs truth vs truth.
All of the above have had their time on air airing their respective views or opinions on what had happened.
After all has been said and done, it is now up to the bar of public opinion and perhaps the legal side of things as both parties have had made public their respective intent at filing necessary charges against one another.
Mon’s four younger brothers also let their sentiments if not outrage out publicly on the incident and against Raymart and Claudine but methinks it only added fire rather than helping quench the conflagration.
The National Press Club also jumped into the fray by condemning husband and wife based perhaps on Mon’s facial bruises shown on national TV and You Tube video with which Raymart alleges as only the tail-end of the whole incident that showed nothing but Mon on the receiving end.
As far as we are concerned it was a bit too early too soon for the NPC to issue a one-sided statement of indignation.
And we cannot fault the NPC either for us being a media practitioners, conventional wisdom dictates that we have to instantly favor Mon or anyone especially if we would be fed by nothing but that You Tube video, and with it we understand NPC’s stand.
But when an alleged witness in “Anna” came forward and narrated her first-hand account on the incident, our grab on the matter somewhat changed.
Filipinos are wont to brandishing that “macho effect” but when it comes hitting or assaulting women we always have that innate ability to side with them no matter who or what they are.
And this could be Mon Tulfo’s biggest PR challenge right now to overcome on Claudine’s allegation on our colleague’s physical assault on her.
Claudine may also have a point in claiming had Cebu Pacific only informed them earlier it off-loaded some of their baggage, the nasty incident may have been avoided and Mr. Tulfo may never had that “exclusive coverage” that allegedly enraged the couple.
Already a case of that proverbial bridge over troubled water now, we could only hope said incident will not turn for the worst.