“Mr. Tulfo, the one who is accusing him, should provide information to the proper authorities,” says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. PCOO Aguirre earlier accused Tulfo of defamation for claiming he was protecting human traffickers during his stint as justice secretary. (With PNA/PN) Tulfo earlier claimed that a cut of the bribes were delivered via helicopter to Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon as part of being the protector of the scheme. MANILA – Columnist Ramon Tulfo Jr.should present evidence that former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre IIallegedly protected the “pastillas” bribery scheme at the Bureau of Immigration(BI), Malacañang said. Aguirre believes the motive behind Tulfo’s expose could be personal as the latter him asking for help to consolidate more than 70 libel cases filed by the Iglesia ni Cristo. Aguirre, however, said he turned down the request of Tulfo as it was not part of his duty as Department of Justice secretary. Aguirre said Tulfo then texted him: “Alam ko naman kung bakit ayaw mo akong tulungan sapagkat gusto mong tulungan ka ng Iglesia at ayaw mong ma-offend sila dahil gusto mong tumakbong senador.” “Ako mismo susulat sa Senado kung puwede imbitahan ako para mapabulaanan ko ang kanyang mga akusasyon at masabi ko sa mukha ng Tulfong ‘yan na ikaw ay isang pathlogical liar,” Aguirre said. “Mr. Tulfo, the one who is accusing him,should provide information to the proper authorities. Because unless youprovide the authorities with any information or not, they will notinvestigate,” Panelo said on Monday. “Kung mapansin mo si (Allison) Chiong, ni minsan hindi na-mention ang pangalan ko. Nandoon naman lahat ng senador. Nandoon naman si Chiong. Bakit hindi nila tanungin si Chiong?” he added. Aguirre said in an interview with DZMM on Tuesday that he is willing to appear before the Senate to belie the statements made by Tulfo during the Senate inquiry on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo described Tulfo’s claim as a “serious allegation,” saying authoritiescould not act unless formal complaints are filed against the former justicesecretary. Aguirre II meanwhile denied having knowledge in the “pastillas” scheme. Aguirre also tagged former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, sister of Tulfo, as among those who pushed for the issuance of visas on arrival to Chinese tourists. “Wala pong ginawa ‘yan during our Cabinet meetings kundi kausapin ako kasi daw para naman gumanda ganda ‘yung performance ng kaniyang Department of Tourism (DOT). Hindi lang DOT, marami rin pong agencies of government,” he said. “Few weeks after, katakot-takot na ang sinulat niya (Tulfo) na paninira na column tungkol sa akin,” Aguirre said.
Published on January 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to South Bend, Indiana, to take on No. 15 Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) on Saturday at noon. The Orange has yet to win a game away from the Carrier Dome and is still in search of a marquee win. A victory against the Fighting Irish would satisfy both holes in SU’s NCAA Tournament resume. Syracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame including last year’s 15-point upset at home.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (11-8)HomesickNotre Dame 83, Syracuse 71There’s not much use in predicting a “signature” win for Syracuse’s resume until one actually comes to fruition. SU will have chances against Florida State, Duke and Louisville, just to name a few of the ACC obstacles that still lie ahead. But the Orange has looked inept on the road this season, and going up against a Notre Dame team with one loss in conference play, there’s little hope for the visitors on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the conference, and they’re just as good at defending the 3. That’s how UND tabs Syracuse with its fourth conference loss.Matt Schneidman (10-9)Luck of the OrangeSyracuse 73, Notre Dame 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame, including last year’s tilt in the Carrier Dome when the Orange scored 44 first-half points. Jim Boeheim is 16-5 against Mike Brey, and the Fighting Irish is coming off its first conference loss to Florida State earlier this week. You won’t find any numbers on paper that give the Orange a sliver of hope to win this one; ND is the best foul-shooting team in the country and a top-10 offensive team, among other areas of strength. Just trust me, or call me crazy. Syracuse gets its first signature win.Paul Schwedelson (12-7)Taking a south bendNotre Dame 77, Syracuse 65If you judge individual talent, Notre Dame may not stack up with some of the other top teams in the conference, but the Fighting Irish is one of the best all-around teams in the nation. UND is 8-3 in games decided by 10 points or less, a testament to its ability to win ugly. Bonzie Colson leads the ACC with 12 10-rebound games and 11 double-doubles. Syracuse can’t afford to get beat on the boards in a second straight game, but don’t expect that to happen. Comments
The Tipp management team will have concerns over captain and dual star Stephen Quirke who was stretchered off with a knee injury just 18 minutes into the game.Manager Liam Cahill says Tipp’s failure to take goal chances was a concern. He says they missed five or six goal opportunities which kept Clare in the game and made for a worrying last few minutes. They beat Clare in the Munster semi-final at Semple Stadium just hours after the funeral of Tipp hurling legend Jimmy Doyle had taken place in nearby Bothar na Naomh Church.A crowd almost 3,500 turned out to watch Liam Cahill’s side emerge victorious on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-11.However they were made to work hard for that 4 point winning margin with Clare fighting back strongly after Tipp had led by 10 points early in the second half.