Carlos Celdran hoists the white flag, surrenders to Duterte supporters

Tour guide-turned activist Carlos Celdran hoisted the white flag Tuesday as he surrendered to supporters of presidential aspirant Rody Duterte.

He posted the following open letter on his Facebook page:

December 15, 2015

Dear Duterte People of the Internet:

I have decided to apologize, full stop. This endless bickering between us has gone on long enough and is helping neither your candidate nor mine as we can see by the telenovela worthy exchange that happened yesterday.

As a matter of fact, we've all just wasted a precious week making memes and losing focus.

So please accept my apologies. I am sorry for losing my temper and offending your sensibilities through the use of name calling. I also do realize that word I used, not only hurts Duterte campaigners, but a marginalized sector of society as well.

Hence. I shall not repeat the word here at all.

I only offer a laurel of peace and hope that we can start from scratch. Perhaps from here on, we can discuss real issues in a positive manner. Truth be told, I am an open guy. I really would like to hear more about why you will vote for him aside from his hard hitting image. it would be great if you tell me more about his plan for inclusive mobility (public transportation), the HIV epidemic, and our agreement with the ASEAN integrated economy.

Leave your answers below. Feel free to include a graphic or a meme but no slurs please. Also, take it easy on the CAPS LOCK.

Actually, allow me to start this entire campaign all over again. PERIOD.

From here on, I shall post the election materials and articles of ALL candidates that I deem are relevant or of note. All of them. Of course, I will have a slant towards the Liberal Party but you already know that.

And I shall begin once again with an article on your choice of President. Here's the Rappler article on Duterte from "The Leader I Want Series"
Looking forward to your positive response.

All the best.


Celdran, a known campaigner of presidential candidate Mar Roxas, was heavily criticized online for calling Duterte supporters "delusional and lazy Dutertards (Duterte + retards)."

Celdran asked forgiveness after Facebook issued a strong warning to disable his account for making a wall post containing hate speech that violated the social networking site's Terms of Use.