- Columnist apologized to senator over story of US president supposedly calling him a ‘lil narco’
- He said Trump’s alleged remark not meant to be serious, could just have been a shot at humor
- He also said story has since been pulled out of his newspaper column
MANILA, Philippines – Long-time journalist Al Pedroche has apologized to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for his column claiming that US President Donald Trump called him a ‘lil narco’; saying the story was never supposed to be taken seriously.
While not confirming if the story was indeed true or not, the columnist said it was supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek anecdote of Trump’s attempt at humor especially at the expense of his on-and-off critic Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
“Ako naman talaga ang may sagutin dahil sa kolum ko lumabas ang sinabi ng isang source na tinawag na “little narco” ni US President Trump si Sen. Antonio Trillanes, bagay na pinasinungalingan ng Senador. Mukha kasing nagpapatawa si Trump (kung siya nga ang nagsabi) sa ginawa niyang paglalaro sa magkatunog na katagang “Narco” at Marco,” he wrote in his column in Pilipino Star Ngayon.
[I am the one who has to answer because it was in my column where the story of a source who said that US President Trump called Sen. Antonio Trillanes a “little narco” came out, something which the Senator has called a lie. It appeared that Trump (if he really said it) was trying to make a joke with his play on the words “Narco” and Marco.]
Apologizing for the controversy which his story has caused, Pedroche added that it has since been pulled from the newspaper.
“Minsan, ang kapilyuhan ng isip, kahit walang intensyong masama ay nagbubunga ng di inaasahang gusot. Sorry po at hindi ako perpekto,” he added;
[Sometimes, the mind wanders, which can lead to unintended consequences even if there is no bad intention. Sorry because I’m not perfect.]