Mon Tulfo is one journalist who is feared and respected. Or hated by mainly government officers/officials, and some fellow "journalists", probably for his guts.
Having had an experience with "showbiz" folks (I worked as PR for several talents, ghost writer for a columnist, and PR for a major network's department) for more than a decade, I have had sufficient study of the showbiz attitude. And many of them are often bitten by the star complex disease.
Being a "journalist" myself, my own analysis of the the Thrilla at Naia is this:
As already mentioned by Tulfo, his attention was caught by Claudine's "pagtatalak". So, yes, he took the photos (and yes, as already mentioned by sociologists and legal experts, he have all the rights in this world to take it. So, shut up stupid uzis because all your rants will not give a dent on that right).
So Tulfo sneered at Raymart Santiago when Santiago tried to grab or forcibly take his phone-camera.
This took Santiago and the palengkera "star" to the edge. Like, OK, just my opinion but this is what went through their heads or what have been the "first part" that Santiago insists on television interviews:
(Note: this is the script in my head as analysis of what happened based on my own experience and understanding of showbiz attitude.)
Santiago: Putang'nang matanda 'to, akina yan! (Forcibly taking Tulfo's phone).
Tulfo: (Pushes Santiago away which irked the husband and wife and their cohorts even more).
Santiago: Ah, gago 'to ah! Di mo ba kami kilala??! Akina 'yan! Wala kang karapatang kunan ang asawa ko!
Barretto: Punyeta ka! Sino ka ba? Saan ka nakatira? (This was caught on the viral video, listen carefully).Wala kang karapatang ganyanin ang asawa ko! At ibigay mo yang phone (camera) na 'yan! Wala kang karapatang kunan ako ng picture! Leche ka! Hayop kang matanda ka!
Santiago: (Hits Tulfo but either misses or Tulfo barred his fists and hits which angered the drunk Santiago, the "star" and their friends. Tulfo starts fighting back as self defense and hits Santiago. Now, the second part - the viral video - and melee starts).
Santiago and Barretto cannot believe that an "unknown" lowly old man have the "nerve" to fight them back. And it was already "too late" to retract all and every lie they uttered live on camera once they learned that the man they ganged up on is Mon Tulfo.
Shame on them. Their stories don't hold at all. It is just sad that stupid "fans" are as stupid as the "stars" they look up on. They have the nerve to challenge "other witness" whereas the story is only one and without any other version, and that the video - second part or not - only continues a first portion that is consistent.
Barretto was hit during the melee and not on the "first portion" as they insisted.