Duterte aide apologizes for supporters' boycott threat vs ABS-CBN

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Posted at May 16 2016 11:46 AM | Updated as of May 16 2016 12:53 PM

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The camp of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte apologized Monday for the threat of some of his supporters to boycott several media outfits, including ABS-CBN.

Peter Laviña, a spokesperson of Duterte, said they had no intention to quarrel with the media during the vicious lead-up to the May 9 elections.

"Ang isang naging irritant noong kampanya, siyempre in the heat of the campaign eh yung panawagan ng mga social media supporters natin: 'yung pagbo-boycott sa ABS-CBN. Gusto lang namin maipaabot ang aming paghingi ng paumanhin," he said.

"There was no intention really to quarrel with the media. Ang pinag-umpisahan naman talaga nun ay 'yung isang negative ad."

He also extended an offer of friendship and cooperation to journalists, whom he said play an important role in society.

"Gusto lang namin i-extend ang aming hands of friendship and cooperation sa lahat ng mass media, social media. Alam namin napakahalaga ng papel ng mass media sa ating society and we want to be friends with everyone," Laviña said.

A television ad paid for by Senator Antonio Trillanes earlier drew flak among Duterte's supporters.

READ: Anti-Duterte ad causes uproar online

ABS-CBN has clarified that it had nothing to do with the production of the political ad, and that it was "duty bound to air a legitimate ad."

- DZMM TeleRadyo, 16 April 2016