THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has dismissed the criminal charges against the Tourism department, officials of government-owned Peoples Television Network, Inc. (PTV), and broadcaster Bienvenido “Ben” T. Tulfo for alleged corruption involving an P89.9-million advertisement agreement in 2017.

In a resolution released on Tuesday, the Ombudsman said the criminal complaint was dismissed “for lack of probable cause.” The resolution was drafted by Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Rosano A. Oliva on Sept. 30 and approved by Ombudsman Samuel R. Martires on Oct. 7.

Meanwhile, the Ombudsman pushed for a 2022 budget of at least equal to this year’s allocation during Tuesday’s Senate finance committee hearing. — Bianca Angelica D. Añago and Alyssa Nicole O. Tan