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Potential successor to Philippine leader 'sorry' for dispute with golf club

Published on Apr 26, 2014 1:52 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas has publicly apologised after a confrontation with golf club employees led to him getting a short-term ban from one of Manila's most prestigious golf courses.

Seen by many Filipinos as a potential successor to President Benigno Aquino, Mr Roxas, better known as "Mar", said the incident concerned the payment of green fees at the private Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

"I have already apologised for any infractions or hurt feelings as a result of this misunderstanding over the payment of green fees for non-players," Mr Roxas, 56, said in a statement on Saturday.

"It was not my intention to hurt or insult anyone, and I did not curse at anyone either," he said, rejecting local media reports that he had cursed and shouted at golf club employees. The reports alleged that Mr Roxas resented being charged green fees for a non-member friend he had invited.

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