Broadcaster Korina Sanchez admits her husband Mar Roxas was hurt when his quote was used in a way that could be misinterpreted by the public.
At the same time, she lauded Rappler for releasing an apology.
The wife of the presidential candidate was one of the guests present at the November 8 Philippine premiere of Conman: Honor Thy Father held at Trinoma Cinema.
Korina is a self-confessed John Lloyd Cruz fan, which is why she attended the movie premiere.
This crime thriller served as the opening film of the 2015 Cinema One Originals Film Festival that is ongoing until November 17.
What is Mar's reaction to his photo that became viral because of his controversial quote about the bullet planting/laglag bala modus operandi at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport?
"Alam mo, nasaktan siya dun," Korina told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) about the controversy.
However, she thanked the media outfit for issuing an apology to clarify the matter.
"Of course, we're grateful. It's not so usual for newsmen would apologize.
"I think it's something that is admirable.
"I think it's admirable that they apologized.
"Dapat lang din kasi malayung-malayo sa konteksto ang naging epekto kay Mar."
OFWS. The wife of the Liberal Party presidential candidate then recalled the support shown by Overseas Filipino Workers for Mar in the past.
"The OFW votes has always been landslide for Mar kaya mahirap yung lalabas na wala siyang concern for OFWs.
"We all know OFWs are the backbone of this economy kaya unfair talaga ang nangyari.
"And when I saw it, sabi ko, 'Aren't you going to demand for a retraction?'
"But even before it happened, they decided to retract and apologize and we're both very grateful."
The controversy started on November 4 when Rappler published an article titled "Roxas on laglag-bala: Bullet carrier has to take responsibility."
The original article indicated: "When asked who has to take responsibility over discoveries of bullets in luggage at the airport, Roxas said, 'Kung nagpasok ka ng contraband sa airport, paano naging problema ng gobyerno ’yun?' (If you enter the airport with contraband, then how does that become the government's problem?)"
On its Facebook account, it also released a photo highlighting a quote of Mar Roxas about the bullet-planting scam at NAIA.
The said photo on Rappler's Facebook page showed a photo of Mar with the Instaquote: "Kung nagpasok ka ng contraband sa airport, paano naging problema ng gobyerno yun?"
On November 6, the news website issued this statement:
"Instaquotes are a new form of instant distillations of sometimes complex issues. In the past, we shared memorable quotes, but there's possible danger when applied to news. Because it is visual with a higher viral potential, when shared and removed from context, it can be open to misinterpretation.
"After our review, while Mar Roxas did say 'Kung nagpasok ka ng contraband sa airport, paano naging problema ng gobyerno yun?' on November 4, the instaquote could be misinterpreted.
"As is our practice, we acknowledge these lapses and apologize to the public we serve.
"Rappler has created new guidelines and will endeavor to serve the public better using various platforms and media. We will continue to hold ourselves up to the same standards by which we hold others accountable."