Acting on numerous complaints from the public, corroborated by their own monitoring, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) said it found probable cause to charge T3, a live public affairs program on TV5, for the threats the Tulfo brothers issued against celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto in relation with the couple's brawl with their brother, broadcaster Ramon Tulfo, on May 6.
MTRCB Chair Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares said T3 is in violation of Section 3(c), Presidential Decree 1986 for "airing scenes and utterances that are indecent and contrary to law, or with a dangerous tendency to encourage the commission of violence, or of a wrong or crime" in its May 7 episode.
On the Monday episode of T3, broadcaster Erwin Tulfo said, "Tama ang sinabi ni Tol Raffy.. ako din kung nagkita tayo sa airport ipagdasal mo lang muna at pinapayo ko sayo at sa asawa mo.. huwag ka muna lumabas ng bansa kasi kung nangpang-abot tayo sa NAIA..Tatamaan at tatamaan ka... wala akong pakialam, pati asawa mo tatamaan sa akin. Ipagdasal mo nalang..huwag tayo mag-krus ng landas."
His brother, Ben Tulfo, followed this on with, "Pero sa akin isa lang ang gagawin ko, Raymart. Pakinggan mo ang sasabihin ko sa iyo. Binabangga ko ang mga kriminal, mamamatay tao. Matinong tao ka pero kung gusto mo sa isang malaking warehouse na sarado. Magaantay ang mga ambulansya, last man standing, walang lalabas sa loob. Magsasara tayo ng pinto, titingnan ko ang galing mo. Tandaan mo ito."
Meanwhile, TV5 said in a statement that it does not condone the Tulfos' statements and actions and even promised to subject the Tulfos to disciplinary action.
"News5 assures the public and all parties concerned that the statements made by the Tulfo brothers in its program, T3, last May 7, 2012, were unscripted, spontaneous, and do not in any way reflect the stand nor the policy of the network…" the statement said.
"News5 does not and will never condone such behavior. It was not only uncalled for but also runs counter to the established Code of Ethics that we all strictly adhere to. We are taking necessary actions to deal with this lapse in judgment on the part of the Tulfo brothers and assure the public that we remain committed to objective and impartial journalism."