ABS-CBN apologized to President Duterte for failing to air his political ads in the 2016 elections, but it was unclear whether the Chief Executive would accept what the Palace said was a long overdue apology.
ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak issued the apology at a Senate committee hearing after Senator Christopher “Bong” Go demanded an explanation on why the network failed to air Duterte’s political ads worth 7 million pesos and, instead, put out a “black propaganda” commercial funded by then senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
The commercial, which also aired on other networks but was later banned by a Taguig City regional trial court, featured children asking whether or not a cursing politician is fit to be president.
“We are sorry if we offended the President (by airing the Trillanes ad). That was not the intention of the network,” Katigbak told the panel chaired by Senator Grace Poe.