Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has been identified as one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s staunchest critics in the political arena having brought a crimes against humanity case in the International Criminal Court, bribed witnesses, and other means to shame Duterte.
But Pinoy-at-heart British Malcolm Conlan says that the BBC Hard Talk program with host Stephen Sackur made Trillanes’ arguments against Duterte seem “silly” and “desperate”.
Conlan views Trillanes as a man set on “destabilizing” the nation by staining Duterte’s reputation in order to oust him from the presidency.
Trillanes’ claims of Marawi residents being unsupportive of Martial Law is easily countered by several interviews with Marawi natives saying that they support Duterte’s declaration and it had only ever been Duterte himself who apologized that he had to intensify the military arm of the government because there was no other choice.
Conlan concurs that the terrorism haunting Marawi calls for the iron fist of Martial Law in order to erect a solid offensive against Maute.
As for Duterte’s illegal drug war, Sackur emphasized during the interview that it was exactly that campaign that drew in 19 million votes for Duterte.
The anti-drug campaign had made Filipinos feel safer knowing that there are less drug addicts freely roaming around and less drug lords damaging lives of others.
The Hard Talk host even expressed admiration for Duterte’s honesty and 75% popularity rating among Filipinos, which in Western countries would be an overwhelming feat.
Even when Trillanes tried to shame Duterte on BBC, it backfired. Conlan said that BBC had played the senator well by seeing right through Trillanes’ propaganda.
In his full post on Facebook, Conlan said,
“Well done to the BBC’s Hard Talk show and their excellent, very knowledgeable and well researched journalist, Stephen Sackur, on tackling Philippine Senator Trillanes, who seems to be on a mission to Destabilise the Philippines and oust President Rodrigo Duterte from office.
Triallanes said in the interview that the people in Marawi, didn’t want Martial Law, that’s funny as every interview I had watched from residents in Marawi seems to support President Duterte in his mission to help the people there. In fact, only recently President Duterte apologised to the people of Marawi saying that although he was very very sorry, he had no choice.
I also believe the current conflict in Marawi could not be addressed properly without extreme measures like the introduction of Martial Law in the region.
As Stephen said, during his election campaign, Duterte made it very clear that there was no place for drug pushers and drug lords in the Philippines and they would face death. The President clearly indicated that he would be tough on drugs and with that he had the support of 19 million Filipinos who voted for him.
Stephen seemed to indicate that he admired President Duterte’s honesty in politics and that it was up to the Filipino people on who they wanted as President.
As Stephen said, President Duterte had a popularity rating of over 75% and if any Western politician had such a rating that they would be overwhelmed.
Trillianes went on to say that the Presidents war on drugs didn’t touch drug lords. I don’t agree. There are now a lot less people taking drugs, many Filipinos say they feel safer, drugs are in less demand as there are less addicts so of course this will effect drug lords and their source of income.
Clearly this interview didn’t go as well as Senator Trillianes would have wanted and quite clearly Senator Trillianes ended up looking a bit silly and desperate really. I am very pleased that the BBC saw right through the ploy of Trillianes to try to destroy the reputation of PRRD overseas and spread lies and fake news 😡😡😡
Well done again to the BBC on echoing the thoughts and concerns of the 19 million Filipinos who had voted for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as he continues his campaign to rid the Philippines of drugs, corruption and criminality. 👊👊👊🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭
God Bless President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and protect him from all those who would seek to destroy his crucial mission in trying to improve the lives of Filipinos back home and around the world.”
Source: Malcolm Conlan
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