Ramon “Mon” Tulfo and Raymart Santiago got into a fist fight at the arrival area of the NAIA Terminal 3 on Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2012.
According to Mon’s account of the incident, he saw Claudine Barretto (Raymart’s wife) reprimanding a ground stewardess of Cebu Pacific. Mon’s initial reaction was to sympathize with the actress. He was aware of incidents regarding the airline’s inefficiency when it comes to cargo handling. He thought Claudine’s case was one of those.
He, however, decided to take a photo of the actress with his cellphone camera when she started cursing the stewardess. The airline’s personnel was already crying and Claudine was threatening to get her fired.
It was then when Raymart approached him and forcefully tried to grab his cellphone, while saying, “Bakit ka kumukuha [ng pictures]?”
Raymart didn’t stop trying to grab Mon’s cellphone until the latter couldn’t help but push Raymart away, while saying that the actor don’t have the right to get his cellphone.
After that, more people approached Mon and a punch landed on his face. That was when he decided to fight back.
Mon also said that Claudine already left the airport personnel that time and turned to him, joining those who were assaulting him in throwing curses.
Airport authorities were able to stop the brawl several moments later.
Meanwhile, Claudine said in a separate interview that it was Mon who started the fight. The Kapuso actress denied cursing the ground stewardess, saying she was merely complaining because their luggage was allegedly left in Caticlan airport.
A friend of them then noticed that someone was taking a video of Claudine while complaining and alerted Raymart about it. The actor then approached Mon who was the one taking the video and asked, “Sir, ano hong ginagawa ninyo?”
Mon allegedly answered harshly, saying, “Ano’ng pakialam mo?” and punched Raymart right then.
Claudine said the two friends who were with them tried to stop the fight but Mon also punched and kicked them. Claudine didn’t escape Mon’s wrath as she was also kicked twice and was pushed hard against a counter when she asked why he was assaulting her husband and friends.
At the precinct, Mon allegedly even tried to mock them by saying hello and by laughing. He even told them that they don’t know who they are dealing with.
Claudine was making an appeal to the media to help them in convincing the airport authorities to release the CCTV footage of the incident. They have already asked for it but the airport allegedly didn’t want to release a copy saying something like the incident wasn’t recorded or they were still checking it.
“HIndi ko alam [kung] sino ang nagho-hold,” the actress told DZMM.
Claudine further said that they’re already in talks with their lawyers and they’re considering filing charges.