The Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto versus Mon Tulfo war has been brought to the media front, and soon, to the courtroom.
It has also turned into a blame game.
With the conflicting statements of the couple and the columnist, one question remains unanswered to date.
The varying accounts of the three witnesses have also left the public even more perplexed: “Sino ba talaga ang nauna?”
HE SAID, HE SAID... In an exclusive phone interview of Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP.ph) with Mon Tulfo on May 7, he vehemently denied being the first to hit the actor.
He even got agitated when PEP reporter Joyce Jimenez asked, “Kayo po ba yung nauna?”
His angry response: “Ano ba ‘yang sinasabi mo… Hindi nga ako nauna. Ayoko na magpa-interview.”
But before the conversation ended, he was able to underline, “Walang katotohanan!”
And in his live interview with Mike Enriquez of 24 Oras, he stated that hurting the couple was the farthest thing from his mind:
“Alam mo, Mike, wala akong dahilan na sipain o sumipa dahil, unang-una, hindi ko sila kakilala.
“Pangalawa, hindi naman nila ako kalaban.
“Pangatlo, nagmamadali akong lumabas ng terminal building dahil yung aking sasakyan ay nakaabang na sa akin sa labas.
“At, gutom na gutom na ako.”
For his part, Raymart had remained firm about his earlier statements.
He said during his press conference, which was held on the same day, “At kung kinausap po ako ni Mon na ‘yon, siguro baka kumampi siya sa akin, e.
“Kaso pinagkukunan po kami ‘tapos tinanong ko sa kanya kung, ‘Sir, ano po ba ang ginagawa ninyo?’