“The video that was posted online was not spliced but minimally edited in good faith and with reasonable care. There was no intention to change the context or misrepresent the essence of Mr. Paqcuiao’s statements. On the same day the video was posted, News5 gave the full raw video to Mr. Pacquiao’s camp, after which he issued his apology in social media," reads the statement.
"Moreover, the video of Mr. Pacquiao’s interview was likewise broadcast in its entirety on TV5, on the primetime newscast of Aksyon on February 16, 2016,” it adds.
In the video, courtesy of the network's election coverage campaign Bilang Pilipino, Pacquiao denounced people in gay relationships as "worse than animals." This statement led to an online petition calling on Nike to terminate its dealings with the boxer.
TV5's official statement regarding the controversial video of Manny Pacquiao: pic.twitter.com/FxwABn6kHq— TV5 (@TV5manila) February 21, 2016