MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It it were a basketball game, the score would have been 100 to zero. If it were a boxing championship match, it would have been a unanimous decision. All in favor of BBC’s Stephen Sackur. The loser: Ousted Philippine Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
During today’s interview on BBC’s ‘Hardline,’ Sereno was pummelled by the talk show host and the ex-magistrate couldn’t get in a single score.
At one point, Sackur told Sereno she was sounding very much like a politician and a die-hard Duterte opponent than a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He also chided Sereno about her personal affairs which he said couldn’t stand up to scrutiny.
Sackur even tried to convince Sereno that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is extraordinarily effective as a leader who had a mandate, as opposed to Sereno who was an appointed judge.
We caught up with Sereno just minutes after her interview ended and we asked her what she thought of the encounter.
”I was hoping to take my case to the international media to gain support and sympathy, but I failed considerably. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have agreed to be interviewed by the hard-hitting British talk show host, especially knowing beforehand how he embarrassed Senator Antonio Trillanes when the latter was also interviewed on the same program.”
”Or sana, sinagot ko na lang ang mga tanong niya in Tagalog,” she added. (I should have answered his questions in Tagalog.)
Sereno also told The Adobo Chronicles she should have asked her supporters for a pray-over before she went live for the BBC interview.