Duterte, Pacquiao hold 'friendly talks' after public spat

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 10 2021 08:08 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2021 11:48 PM

MANILA (UPDATED)- President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday held a "friendly" meeting, months after their public rift started.

Malacañang confirmed this on Wednesday, saying that Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go requested the meeting of both officials.

Go, a close ally of Duterte, said the two had a short talk and "renewal of friendship."

"Walang politika. Important nagkausap sila ni PRRD. Kami naman ni Manny, kaibigan naman kami ni kumpare," he said.

According to Pacquiao's camp, the two discussed "certain matters related to people’s interest and Mindanao development, specifically infrastructure and power industry."

Relationship between the two soured after Pacquiao criticized Duterte's policy on the South China Sea, and accused the health department of graft and corruption activities.

Duterte, in turn, said he would expose the senator as a liar "daily", if the latter fails to name corrupt officials.

Pacquiao is running for president under a faction in the ruling party PDP-Laban. The PDP-Laban wing of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, who "kicked out" the senator from the party, said they want Duterte to run for the Senate.

— With reports from Pia Gutierrez, Katrina Domingo and Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

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