Veteran international journalist and TV host Stephen Sackur burns Philippine senator Antonio Trillanes for spreading lies in the international community as the senator exposed himself during an exclusive interview with BBC.
During the interview with BBC, Sen. Trillanes stated that the War on Drugs of Pres. Rody Duterte in the Philippines is definitely not working but he did not anticipate that the veteran TV host learned about the real truth of what’s happening in the country.
Sen. Trillanes answered BBC host Stephen Sackur that Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs in not working, because only the poor people, suspected users, and drug pushers are being killed, but Pres. Duterte has yet to touch the big time drug lords.
The BBC host refute with Sen. Trillanes claimed as he noted that looking at the comments made by members of the public in Manila to news agencies, they are saying things like: “The streets are safer now,” “Here in the Philippines, we needed a leader with an an iron fist.” Those are the quotes of the general public. Sackur also mentioned the high satisfaction ratings or approval ratings of Pres. Duterte
Here’s Parts of the Transcript During Trillanes Interview with BBC: STEPHEN: Do you think his war on drugs is working?
TRILLANES: Definitely not. As I mentioned, only the poor people, suspected users , and drug pushers are being killed – running total at least would be more than 9,000 already. But he has yet to touch the big time drug lords, which are already mentioned in the list of various law enforcement agencies.
STEPHEN: It is not easy for me to judge but looking at the comments made by members of the public in Manila to news agencies, they are saying things like: “The streets are safer now”, “Here in the Philippines, we needed a ruler with an iron fist”. These are quotes from the general public. That seems to be the mood. Ratings for Duterte still remain high – 75% approval rating. I am just wondering whether your comments, which is constantly negative, are out of tune with ordinary Filipino opinion!
TRILLANES: Well, the numbers that you mentioned are the latest numbers way back in March. But if you look at where his numbers when he assumed office, it went as high as 92%. So in less than a year it went down by 17% points.
STEPHEN: (laughed) Believe me Senator, if a Western politician command 75% approval rating, they would regard that as the happiest day of their life. Believe me.
After the interview video of which has now gone viral across the globe, Senator Antonio Trillanes says he going to file a lawsuit against British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Stephen Sackur of ‘Hardtalk.’
During that live interview, Sackur pulverized every comment and response Trillanes made regarding questions about the Philippines and President Rodrigo Duterte.
The wide-ranging interview covered topics from Martial Law, to Coups to Crystal Meth (which Trillanes seemed to have mistaken to be marijuana.)
“BBC is nothing but fake news,” Trillanes said, “and they must have been paid by Duterte supporters to have me insulted over and over by Sackur.”
Since Trillanes cannot sue Sackur because the latter is not a Filipino citizen, the senator says he will fly to The Hague to file his complaint before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
When asked by The Adobo Chronicles what his basis was for suing BBC and Sackur, he replied, “Crimes against my humanity.”