In April 2017, Corpus made a long overdue apology to Ping Lacson on a talk show on the Global News Network, saying he was taken for a ride by Angelo “Ador” Mawanay, who himself had retracted his claims in 2004. “This grievous mistake that I have committed maligned the reputation of Sen. Panfilo Lacson. With this grave error on my part, I humbly and sincerely offer my public apology to Sen. Lacson and his entire family,” Corpus said.

Previously, Corpus had accused Lacson of involvement in illegal activities such as narco-politics, and of amassing ill-gotten wealth. Lacson vehemently denied such claims.

Lacson accepted the apology and appreciated Corpus’ gesture of humility and courage, adding in a statement that “(i)n the spirit of fairness and balanced reporting … it is but proper and decent for those who relied heavily on their statements, as the central characters responsible for incessantly maligning my reputation to follow suit, or at least make amends, not pecuniarily, but simply to restore the moral damage they have done to my dignity and honor.”

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