Philippines VP Leni Robredo Agrees To Interview With BBC’s Stephen Sackur

IMG_2507LONDON, United Kingdom (Exclusive to The Adobo Chronicles) – Since that celebrated one-on-one interview with Senator Antonio Trillanes, the hard-talking Stephen  Sackur has been wanting to have Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo guest on his BBC talk show. Negotiations have been ongoing for at least two weeks.

Today, BBC announced that Robredo has finally agreed to appear on Sackur’s show on the following conditions:

  • Office of the Vice President (OVP) spokesperson Georgina Hernandez will appear on the show, along with Robredo and that she will be seated between Sackur and the Vice President.
  • Hernandez will act as interpreter.  While Sackur will be asking the questions in British English, Hernandez will be translating the questions in Taglish (combination of Tagalog and English) to the VP.
  • When answering Sackur’s questions, Robredo will be whispering her responses into Hernandez’ ear.  Hernandez will then relay Robredo’s responses to Sackur in Filipino English.
  • Both BBC producers and the OVP have agreed that Hernandez will have the option to revise Robredo’s responses if she feels that it will reflect badly on the Vice President.
  • If Hernandez needed more time to sugar-coat or revise Robredo’s responses, she will flash a “time out” sign with her hands and BBC will go into commercial.

The Robredo interview will not be aired live in the 🇵🇭 Philippines and the video recording of the show will become the property of the Office of the Vice President.  It will be up to the OVP whether or not the interview will be shown to Filipinos.  Even then, the OVP reserves the right to edit the video as it sees fit.


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