PDI apologizes for 'offensive' Pugad Baboy strip

The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Thursday apologized for the "offensive" strip inked by cartoonist Pol Medina Jr. in his comic "Pugad Baboy" that was published on June 4, noting that the publication of the piece was "due to a mix-up." In a statement sent to GMA News Online by PDI Corporate Affairs head Connie Kalagayan, the Inquirer also clarified that Medina remains a contributor and not fired, contrary to some news reports. However, "Pugad Baboy" will not appear in the Inquirer pending further investigation. "Our Reader’s Advocate, Elena E. Pernia, has begun an inquiry into this matter. Her preliminary findings show that this cartoon strip had been rejected for its insensitivity when it was submitted in April 2013 but, due to a mix-up in the comics section, was picked up for publication," the statement read. "The Inquirer confirms its commitment to the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and good taste," the statement continued. 'ConsPIGracy' Earlier, it was reported that the Inquirer announced the removal of Medina's "Pugad Baboy" from the publication's comics section after a strip that tackled the subject of Christian hypocrisy in relating with people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Medina said that that particular strip had already been published before, but did not receive flak the first time. He also said that the strip was re-issued after a series of anti-Marcos strips he had done, after which it began trending on Twitter. "I smell a consPIGracy...." he said in a post on his Facebook account. GMA News Online has yet to receive a reply from the Inquirer clarifying the matter of the strip's re-publication. St. Scholastica's College, the school that was mentioned in the controversial comic strip, also issued a statement threatening to sue the Inquirer if the issue will not be properly addressed. The Inquirer in its apology cited the words of a letter the school wrote to the publication. "In the words of the president of St. Scholastica’s College, 'our school was singled out and our Sister-Administrators accused of allowing homosexual relationships between its female students,'" the Inquirer statement said. — BM, GMA News