NEW YORK - Alec Baldwin is apologizing for making a joke about getting a Filipina mail-order bride that provoked a sharp response in the Philippines.

The Emmy-winning actor quipped during a May 12 interview on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that he would love to have more children and that he was "thinking about getting a Filipino mail-order bride at this point ... or a Russian one."

On Wednesday, Baldwin said on the Huffington Post that he was apologizing "to anyone who took offence."

He said, "I believe that most people understood that this was a joke and took it as such."

Philippine Sen. Ramon Revilla said Monday that Baldwin's comment was "insensitive and uncalled for."

He threatened him with a beating and said the "30 Rock" star is apparently unaware that the Philippines has a law against mail-order brides.