Press Release
June 29, 2017

Trillanes earns praises from netizens for BBC interview

Contrary to the claims of the Duterte supporters on social media regarding his BBC HARDtalk interview, Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV has been getting praises and positive feedbacks from netizens.

In a comment after the official Facebook page of Trillanes posted the complete interview, netizen Marla R. noted that she watched the full video interview since she saw Duterte supporters celebrating and sharing links and spliced videos that Trillanes was rebuffed by the program host. "But contrary to their claims, Trillanes answered properly the questions."

Another netizen named Christopher Q. added: "I don't see Trillanes being embarrased. All important issues thrown at him were answered. Giving counter-arguments is not embarrasing at all. Pity the people who think otherwise."

Expressing her admiration, netizen Joy. L said: "Salute you Sen.trillanes for a good (interview). Well done you answered all the questions BRAVELY without any hesitation."

"Well-said Senator Trillanes! Your answers are factual based on truth! We uphold your courage and unwaivering stand for truth, justice, freedom and democracy!" another netizen named Yang R. said.

Since its Facebook posting, the full interview video has garnered almost 11,000 likes and more than 7,000 shares.

"That's what I've been saying all along that this BBC interview, in fact, is one of the proudest moments in my public life. So, no matter how Duterte's minions spin this interview as a disaster, those who actually watched the full 24-minute interview say that I held my ground and was able to present my insights despite the perceived hostility of the host," Trillanes reacted.

BBC's HARDtalk program has been known for its controversial and tough style of questioning, which puts its guests on the defensive. Some of the famous personalities it has put on the show as guests are: Presidents Donald Trump of the US, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, the Dalai Lama, and many more.

"In the first place, I won't even be promoting the interview on my official Facebook page if it didn't go well. That is why I advise those who based their opinions on the spliced video being propagated by the Duterte supporters and propagandists, to watch the complete interview so they can judge it for themselves," Trillanes further added.

Trillanes also noted: "My office has been informed that the HARDtalk program has also been requesting to interview President Duterte, and they have even offered to come to Manila for it, but their requests have been constantly ignored by the Palace. What could be their excuse?"

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