QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – In a still on-going poll by The Adobo Chronicles, a majority (not just plurality) of respondents have indicated that Vice President Leni Robredo is their top choice to be the next guest of Stephen Sackur on his BBC program ‘Hardtalk.’
So far, Sackur has interviewed Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Senator Antonio Trillanes and lately, ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In all three interviews, Sackur asked hard-hiting questions which the interviewees had a difficult time responding to. For Trillanes and Sereno specifically, their appearance on the show were dubbed by many as an embarrassment.
Now, Sackur has officially extended an invitation to Robredo to be his next Filipino guest.
The Adobo Chronicles has learned that the Vice President has agreed to the interview with two conditions:
One, that the interview will be live at the BBC studios in London with airfare, accommodation and shopping allowance provided by BBC.
Second, that Robredo will bring along an interpreter, her spokesperson Georgina Hernandez. Robredo will be responding in Tagalog. Hernandez will be translating Sackur’s questions into Tagalog for Robredo to answer. Robredo also wants assurance from Sackur and the BBC that if Robredo’s answer would be inaccurate or embarrassing, Hernandez will have the option to revise the Vice President’s response.
Neither Sackur nor BBC has indicated consent to Robredo’s conditions.