‘No power group be­hind BBC in­ter­view’

The Philippine Star - - METRO - Jan­vic Ma­teo

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. –

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