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Inquirer apologizes to Ping for fake news; Ping accepts

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All’s well that ends well.

It took nearly two decades, but the Philippine Daily Inquirer finally apologized to Sen. Panfilo Lacson for a series of articles accusing him of wrongdoing in 2001.

Lacson accepted the apology, and thanked the Inquirer for its “humility and courage,” as he said getting his honor and dignity back means much to him.

“Time heals, forgives. Thank you, Philippine Daily Inquirer for your humility and courage to admit I am not the person you said I was. Getting back my honor and dignity matters a lot to me. It is with equal humility that I accept your apology,” Lacson said in a tweet.

Earlier, Lacson said he has forgiven those who wronged him, including former Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines head Victor Corpus.

Corpus similarly apologized in 2017, admitting unjustly wronging Lacson in 2001 after being taken for a ride by Angelo “Ador” Mawanay, who himself retracted his own statements.

In its apology, the Inquirer said the articles it published in 2001 were mostly by then columnist Ramon Tulfo.

The articles were based on the confession of Francisco “Kit” Mateo, and on an intelligence report submitted to then Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo by then chief of the Intelligence Service of the AFP (ISAFP) Col. Victor Corpus.

“Mateo has since recanted his confession before he died of colon cancer in January 2001. In March 2017, now retired Brig. Gen. Corpus admitted that his only source for his intelligence report was Ador Mawanay, who turned out to be a fraud,” the Inquirer said.

“The Inquirer sincerely apologizes for the published articles based on testimonies of persons that turned out later to be false,” it added.

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