MANILA, Philippines - Former President Joseph Estrada has apologized to the Philippine Daily Inquirer for having urged advertisers in 1999 to boycott the country's largest broadsheet newspaper.
The Inquirer reported on Sunday that Estrada met with Inquirer chair Marixi Prieto and editors last week at the Inquirer office in Makati City "to clarify matters" regarding the ad boycott.
"If I hurt you, I'm sorry," Estrada told the Inquirer.
Estrada gave the statement in a dinner he hosted for the newspaper.
In response, Inquirer president and chief executive officer Sandy Prieto-Romualdez said: "I never thought this day would come."
Estrada called for the boycott after the newspaper published critical reports of his leadership. Many advertisers heeded the boycott.
Despite the boycott, Inquirer and other independent media agencies continued to report about anomalies in the Estrada government.
In November 2000, Estrada became the first Philippine president to be impeached. In January 2001, Estrada was ousted in a military-backed civilian revolt known as EDSA Dos.
Estrada's has reconciled with nearly all of his political opponents after he has pardoned by President Gloria Arroyo following his conviction for plunder.