By Cong Corrales
IN WHAT appears to be the normal fare of his campaign, presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte denied on Tuesday evening the apology statement on his “rape joke” released by the head of his media group, Peter Lavina.
A report by the Philippine Star on Tuesday quoted Duterte explaining that he has not issued the statement and he was, in fact, unaware of the issued statement under the name of PDP-Laban.
“Huwag niyo ng ipilit hindi talaga ako mag a-apologize,” the quoted Duterte as saying during his sortie in Iloilo City.
At 10:50 am, Tuesday, this paper received an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org titled “Statement of PDP Laban Presidential Bet Rodrigo Duterte.” A quick search by this paper show that the same e-mail address was used to open the Duterte-Cayetano Facebook page under “political organization” category.
The statement was written in the first person but had Lavina identified as its reference and his mobile number on it (0919-9999-451).
“I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally. There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims of this horrible crime. Sometimes my mouth can get the better of me,” the statement quoted Duterte as saying.
A highly placed source in Davao City told this paper he received a confirmation text from Christopher “Bong” Go at 11:27 pm on Tuesday.
“Okay na. Confirmed niya (Duterte),” Go’s text message reads. (cong b. corrales)