Ramon Tulfo, a newspaper columnist and former special envoy for public diplomacy to China, was arrested Wednesday for cyber libel, Manila Police District (MPD) director Police Brigadier General Leo Francisco said.

The newspaper columnist was arrested around 10:30 a.m. and was brought to the office of the Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMART) at the Manila City Hall.

Tulfo was arrested based on the warrant issued by Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 Presiding Judge Maria Victoria A. Soriano-Villadolid for his alleged violation of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Atty. Lean Cruz, counsel of former Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, notified MPD about the case and asked police assistance to seize Tulfo. 

Ramon Tulfo is the brother of winning senatorial candidate Raffy Tulfo, and television personalities Erwin and Ben. Tulfo is also the brother of former tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo. 

Ronald Espartinez