Carlos Celdran apologizes to Duterte supporters

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In a photo posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday (December 15), Carlos Celdran waves a white flag in apology to supporters of Davao City Mayor and presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A week after posting a highly controversial Facebook post that drew the ire of supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, tour guide Carlos Celdran offered an apology, saying time was wasted and focus was lost because of the bickering.

In a status update published on Tuesday (December 15), Celdran said, "I have decided to apologize, full stop."

He added that the word war between him and Duterte supporters – whom he previously called "Dutertards" in a December 9 post – helped neither side.

"As a matter of fact, we've all just wasted a precious week making memes and losing focus," he said.

Celdran also backtracked and said he was sorry for resorting to name-calling: "I am sorry for losing my temper and offending your sensibilities through the use of name calling. I also do realize that word I used, not only hurts Duterte campaigners, but a marginalized sector of society as well. Hence. I shall not repeat the word here at all."

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Celdran, also known as an artist and painter, said he was offering a "laurel of peace" and opened a discussion with Duterte followers, asking them to talk about why they wanted to vote for the Davao mayor.

He also asked the mayor's supporters to inform him about Duterte's platforms on several issues including the HIV epidemic and the ASEAN integrated economy.

Celdran had previously announced that he was supporting the campaign of former Interior secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Rep. Leni Robredo.

In his status update, he said he was now going to post election material of all the candidates but added, however, "I will have a slant towards the Liberal Party but you already know that."

People who commented on Celdran's post seemed to take the apology well, and mostly gone was the vitriol seen on his page in the last few days.