'Pugad Baboy' creator says sorry to St. Scho

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2013 12:05 AM | Updated as of Jun 07 2013 06:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The man behind the controversial comic strip mentioning St. Scholastica's College and Catholics apologized on Thursday to those who may have been offended by the satire piece.

Pol Medina, Jr. Photo courtesy of Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, "Pugad Baboy" creator Pol Medina Jr. said sorry to St. Scholastica's College after its president expressed dismay with the "offensive" mention of the institution in his comic strip published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) newspaper.

"Sa black-and-white na 'yun na strip, may makikita ka talaga na hindi mo pwede ikaila, eh. Nagso-sorry ako sa kanila. Hindi ako mananalo dito, eh, kasi ako talaga 'yung mali. Nananahimik sila eh, sinundot ko. Siyempre, magagalit 'yun," Medina said.

He added: "Ako ang nag-umpisa nito. Ngayon, binubuhusan ko na ng tubig, para matapos na ang lahat."

St. Scholastica's College president Sister Mary Thomas Prado had earlier sent a letter to PDI regarding Medina's comic strip, threatening to sue the daily unless an inquiry is launched.

In Medina's comic strip published last June 4, one character mused how Catholics are hypocrites for being homophobic.

Another character then insinuated that beautiful students and some nuns of St. Scholastica's College are lesbians.

The newspaper has issued an apology to the Benedictine university and explained that the controversial comic strip had already been rejected for its insensitivity, but was published due to a "mix-up in the comics section."

The same statement added that while Medina remains a contributor for the publication, "Pugad Baboy" will not appear on its pages pending further investigation.

Medina said he respects the decision of PDI, but expressed hope that will be able to resume being a contributor for the newspaper.