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Popular Philippine cartoonist quits after furore over gay joke

Published on Jun 9, 2013 4:28 PM

MANILA (AFP) - A Philippine cartoonist has quit after a controversial joke about homosexuality in his popular comic strip angered conservative quarters in the Catholic country.

"Sorry I dishonoured you. I resign," Mr Pol Medina Jnr said in short letter to Philippine Daily Inquirer editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, a copy of which was widely circulated on social media on Sunday.

Mr Medina's resignation ends a 25-year run of his popular Pugad Baboy (Nest of Pigs) strip in the Inquirer, one of the Philippines' most widely circulated and influential broadsheets.

An embarrassed Inquirer apologised last week for what it said was an "offensive" June 4 issue that criticised the hypocrisy of homophobic Christians, The strip also suggested that all the "beautiful" students and some nuns at a leading Catholic school for girls were lesbians.

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