Category Archives: Film and TV

Leni Robredo Agrees To Be Interviewed By BBC’s Stephen Sackur With Two Conditions

10B4C023-4DFA-4211-8C64-1018ABBA79FBQUEZON 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.

297E40D2-2209-42C7-9002-B0A96E134778The 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.

Stay tuned.


Sereno, Trillanes Accuse BBC’s Stephen Sackur Of Being A Paid Troll For Duterte

6FF09B3B-951E-41F9-ACF6-DE1DA6FFF905MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – They were both interviewed on BBC’s Hardtalk by host Stephen Sackur.  Now, they’re accusing Sackur of being a paid troll for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Senator Antonio Trillanes both said that they regret agreeing to appear before Sackur’s show.

Sackur all but embarrassed both Filipinos and pummelled them with hard-hitting questions that they couldn’t answer to the host’s satisfaction. 

In both instances, Sackur pointed that that Duterte’s overwhelming approval and satisfaction rate is considered extraordinary even in democratic countries in the West.

Trillanes and Sereno had hoped that being featured on a popular television program such as Hardtalk would be their ticket to instant international fame and bring their anti-Duterte stance to international spotlight. Instead, both political figures crumbled before the eyes of the world.


Stephen Sackur Walks Out On Ousted Philippine Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno During Live Interview On BBC

95C8D317-EAD7-4CC7-AEBA-ABB980A2109B.jpegLONDON, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – Television viewers are used to talk show invited guests walking out during live interviews, but what happened at BBC tonight was the exact opposite.  The talk show host walked out on his guest.

Stephen Sackur was interviewing ousted Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno when he suddently took of his lapel microphone and ear phones, then stormed out of the television studio.

Here’s part of that interrupted live interview:

Sackur: Good evening Ms. Ex-Chief Justice.  As you know the reason our program is called ‘Hardtalk’ is because we ask hard questions and expect honest answers from our guests.  So let me go straight to the point: did you or did you not violate your country’s Constitution when you failed to submit your SALNs as required by your high position?

Sereno: Stephen, I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I might incriminate myself.  Please talk to my lawyers.

Sackur:  But aren’t you a lawyer yourself?

Sereno:  That goes without saying,  but I still refuse to answer your question.

Sackyr:  Well, in that case, Madam Sereno, there is no point in having this interview.

(It was at this moment that the broacast went off the air)