Joseph Robert B. Lu, the man behind the Twitter death threat on President Rodrigo after the latter catcalled GMA News Reporter Mariz Umali during the press conference for the president-elect’s cabinet members at the Malacanang of the South in Davao City, released a video apology for his irresponsible remarks towards the incumbent Philippine President.
Watch the video below:
Lu asked for forgiveness from Duterte and to his supporters last June 6 in San Pablo City, Laguna.
"Ako'y humihingi ng paumanhin sa lahat ng naapektuhan sa nagawa ko at humihingi ng dispensa sa lahat ng nasaktan at nasamaan doon sa post ko," he said. "Lalo na sa ating president-elect Rody Duterte. Ako po'y nandito ngayon para humingi ng tulong at ng pang-unawa dahil nga po sa post na yon na kung maaari lang po sana'y medyo mawala yung mga panghuhusga, mga pagbabash, pagbubully dahil naapektuhan na po ung mga anak ko, pamilya ko't trabaho."
"Yung pong post na yon ay gawa lamang po ng isang matinding bugso ng damdamin at umasa po kayo na hindi na po mauulit yong ganung mga pangyayari," he said.
"Muli po humihingi po ako ng tulong na sana'y wag na pong palakihin... Di naman po ako talagang isang masamang tao, dahil ako'y simpleng mamamayan lang."
Lu also seeked help from those who shared his tweets to delete everything they shared from him to stop the spreading of his posts.
President Rodrigo Duterte was bashed by some women's rights group for so-called catcalling news reporter Mariz Umali. Her husband, Raffy Tima, also expressed his dismay on the issue through Facebook. Other than them, a netizen also reacted on the alleged catcalling and figuratively hit the President below the belt, threatening to kill Duterte.
Meanwhile, the President defended himself, stating that the way he acted doesn't mean anything malicious towards Umali and that simply whistling is not a form of sexual harassment or disrespect towards women.
Umali also expressed her side saying, "We will continue to do our job and we are not expecting any apology from him personally."
On that Umali's tweet, a certain Joseph Robert B. Lu symphatized with the news reporter, however, he went out of the line to the point of posting a threat on the Philippine President.
With his irresponsible comments, calling the President 'arrogant' and 'stupid' not to mention saying, "... I will try to kill him anyway" and "Just kill him anyway", supporters of Duterte came storming at him giving him dose of his own medicine.
They wanted Lu to be sued for cyber crime and grave threat. After the issue erupted, his Twitter account was deactivated.
But the persistent pro-Duterte hunted him down.
A group in Laguna was able to find him, thus, confronted the poor and ignorant soul physically and amicably.
The 5-minute video posted by a Yzmik Villanueva Virtucio, Lu admitted to his mistakes and desperately asked for forgiveness. He also plead for the bashing and bullying to stop since it's affecting his family. He added that he's not someone who can really kill, his words were just because of his anger.