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An executive of GMA Network clarified Monday (February 24) that the network didn’t air the controversial ad against then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during the 2016 campaign season.

GMA first vice president for legal affairs Ma. Luz Delfin made the clarification after she told senators during the Senate hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise that the network had aired the campaign commercial paid for by former senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The ad placed by Trillanes, then a vice presidential candidate, showed children reacting to some of Duterte’s controversial statements, including his comment about the rape-slay of an Australian missionary and the foul words he hurled at Pope Francis.

In a statement, Delfin said the anti-Duterte commercial didn’t air on GMA “after it was disapproved by the Network’s internal election committee.

“I was instead referring to another political advertisement, which was aired on GMA,” she said.

ABS-CBN Chief Executive Officer Carlo Katigbak said the anti-Duterte ad aired on the Kapamilya network since it was compliant with the network’s policies.

Senator Bong Go said Duterte was hurt by the campaign ad. “Hindi mababaw ang rason ng pangulo sa kanyang grievances against the network. Nasaktan ang presidente, nababoy ang presidente,” he said at the hearing.

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