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ABS-CBN ‘grateful, humbled’ by Duterte’s acceptance of apology

/ 02:09 PM February 27, 2020
Carlo Katigbak

ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak attends the Senate inquiry on the ABS-CBN franchise renewal on Monday, Feb 24, 2020. (Photo by CATHY MIRANDA / INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines — Media giant ABS-CBN on Thursday said it was “grateful” and “humbled” by President Rodrigo Duterte’s acceptance of its apology.

On Wednesday night, Duterte said he accepted the apology of ABS-CBN’s President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, saying that he would leave the network’s bid for franchise renewal to Congress.

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“We are grateful and humbled by President Rodrigo Duterte’s acceptance of our apology,” ABS-CBN said in a statement.

“ABS-CBN remains committed to becoming a better organization and to continue to provide more meaningful service to Filipinos,” the network added.

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To recall, Katigbak apologized to Duterte during a Senate hearing for any hard feelings that the network’s airing of the former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s political ad had caused the President.

Katigbak also explained ABS-CBN’s failure to air some of Duterte’s advertisements during the 2016 national elections.

Duterte said the P2.6 million-worth of unaired campaign advertisements during the 2016 national elections that the network was not able to refund him should just be donated to charity.

ABS-CBN said it will coordinate with Duterte’s office “as it relates to his guidance on donating the refund to a charitable institution.”

Several measures seeking to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise remain pending before the House of Representatives.

The network’s current franchise will lapse on May 4 this year.

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