TRENDING: A letter of gratitude to BBC's Stephen Sackur for unveiling Duterte critics' mask - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TRENDING: A letter of gratitude to BBC's Stephen Sackur for unveiling Duterte critics' mask

BBC’s Stephen Sackur in an interview on his news program "HARDTalk" aired Wednesday grilled former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

On June 2017, Sackur also interviewed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, in which according to the senator was ‘one of the proudest moments’ of his public life.

It is what it is. People who watched the full interview (not the spliced one) are entitled to their own opinions. The haters will hate; the believers will believe,” Trillanes said in a statement.

He added, “Personally, knowing the impact of the interview to the global audience and knowing now that ‘Hardtalk’ is very popular yet the most difficult talkshow for any guest, I can honestly say that it is one of the proudest moments in my public life.”

Meanwhile, Malcolm Conlan, a British citizen but a Filipino at heart, posted an open letter of commendation and gratitude to Stephen Sackur of BBC for the controversial episode of his show entitled “Hard Talk”.

The open letter reads: 

An Open Letter of Feedback sent to the BBC earlier today.

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to you to personally congratulate Stephen Sackur on the excellent episode of Hard Talk this week, where the special guest was Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes.

It was very clear from the start of the interview that Stephen had gone to a great deal of effort to understand the real issues many Filipinos are greatly concerned over, especially the relentless campaign by Senator Trillanes to pursue in my personal view, a false, misguided and erroneous legal campaign against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his War On Drgs at the ICC.

I am particularly grateful to Stephen for his understanding of the popularity of the President and his team.

It is very clear that Stephen although being unbiased in his show, was able to challenge senator Trillianes over his constant negative criticism of President Duterte. Stephen has yet again demonstrated as he did in his previous episode from the Philippines, that he understands the real issues faced by Filipinos back home.

I can say without doubt that many Filipinos back home in the Philippines and indeed overseas filipino workers (OFW's) including some of my own family are very appreciative of the work by the BBC and Stephen Sackur in showcasing the Philippines in a more positive light, particularly at a time when some of the worlds media seek to potray President Rodrigo Duterte in a negative light over his War on Drgs, Crime and Corruption, all of which are in keeping with his desire to improve life in the Philippines for the Filipino people.

Once again, please pass on my grateful thanks to Stephen from my family and I am sure at least 16 million Filipinos worldwide.

Best regards
Malcolm Conlan
British Citizen with a love of the Philippines and her people, 



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