The government is trying to nip in the bud the controversy generated by President Duterte’s gay slur against US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the country’s charge d’ affaires in Washington D.C. has already made “explanations” to the US State Department about the President’s comments.
“The explanations have been properly made,” Abella said in a Palace press briefing.
Abella admitted that the President’s statement about the US ambassador was “not meant to be a public statement.”
“It was addressed to a certain audience and the comments were confined to a certain audience,” he said.
(Genalyn D. Kabiling)