President Rodrigo Duterte appears ready to move on from his beef with broadcast network ABS-CBN.
Duterte struck the conciliatory tone during a dinner he hosted on Tuesday in Malacañang for the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, which counts ABS-CBN as one of its members.
In his speech, Duterte admitted he was hurt by the airing of the controversial political ad against him paid for and by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a defeated vice presidential bet, in the run up to the May 2016 elections.
"That was really hurting. Kaya minsan I blurt it out but I have learned to live with it actually. Kung minsan mag-init lang ang ulo ko," the President said.
“But let’s just understand each other, and let it pass. I said because let no man with no sin cast the first stone," he said.
ABS-CBN has been a frequent target of Duterte's rants, with the President accusing the network of accepting funds from him without airing his political advertisements.
‘Yung placement ko na hindi natuloy, tapos nababoy pa ako," Duterte said.
He had also threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise, which is set to expire in 2020. —JST, GMA News