‘No power group behind BBC interview’
A blogger critical of President Duterte and his administration has denied insinuations that a powerful group helped her score an interview with British television network BBC.
Jover Laurio, the person behind critical website Pinoy Ako Blog, posted on Twitter a screenshot of an interview request from the BBC.
“This is how BBC contacted me. First tweet, then direct message. No big groups behind the interview,” she said.
Laurio also recalled her apprehension as she was not that good in English, expressing gratitude to a fellow blogger who gave her pointers prior to the interview.
On Monday, pro-Duterte administration blogger Sass Rogando created a scene when she confronted BBC Southeast Asia correspondent Jonathan Head over the network’s interview with Laurio.
The incident happened at the International Media Center in World Trade Center, worksite of journalists covering the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
Rogando, an accredited blogger for the summit, claimed a powerful group was behind the BBC interview, noting that Laurio was a “minor blogger” with fewer followers than her.
She later admitted that Head was not the right person to talk to after the journalist clarified that he was not part of the team that interviewed Laurio. –