A British national’s open letter to BBC’s Hardtalk and to Stephen Sackur
Last week has been remarkable not only for the Filipinos but also to the international media as BBC’s HARDTalk showed how a partisan focused politician like Sen. Antonio Trillanes looked at the serious problems that the President was facing.

A series of commendations and open letters were sent to the show. Malcolm Conlan, a British citizen, posted in his Facebook account an open letter to the show.


Conlan stated that Sackur went an extra mile to understand and uncover the real situation in the Philippines, particularly the unending opposition of Senator Trillanes on Duterte’s administration. Conlan believed that the acts of Trillanes led misleading ideas and to cause erroneous impressions against the President.

Conlan further stated that he was grateful to Sackur for appreciating the President and his teams popularity. He also added, “It is very. . . back home.”

Conlan concluded that most Filipios in the Philippines and abroad were thankful to BBC and to Stephen Sackur for presenting the lighter side of the Philippines while the rest of the world seeks for faults and blunder against Duterte’s government and societal reforms, and recognizes the desire of President Duterte to improve the Philippines and for the Filipinos to live a better life.

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An Open Letter of Feedback sent to the BBC earlier today.

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to you to personally congratulate Stephen Sackur on the excellent episode of Hard Talk this week, where the special guest was Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes.

It was very clear from the start of the interview that Stephen had gone to a great deal of effort to understand the real issues many Filipinos are greatly concerned over, especially the relentless campaign by Senator Trillanes to pursue in my personal view, a false, misguided and erroneous legal campaign against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his War On Drugs at the ICC.

I am particularly grateful to Stephen for his understanding of the popularity of the President and his team.

It is very clear that Stephen although being unbiased in his show, was able to challenge senator Trillianes over his constant negative criticism of President Duterte. Stephen has yet again demonstrated as he did in his previous episode from the Philippines, that he understands the real issues faced by Filipinos back home.

I can say without doubt that many Filipinos back home in the Philippines and indeed overseas filipino workers (OFW's) including some of my own family are very appreciative of the work by the BBC and Stephen Sackur in showcasing the Philippines in a more positive light, particularly at a time when some of the worlds media seek to potray President Rodrigo Duterte in a negative light over his War on Drugs, Crime and Corruption, all of which are in keeping with his desire to improve life in the Philippines for the Filipino people.

Once again, please pass on my grateful thanks to Stephen from my family and I am sure at least 16 million Filipinos worldwide.

Best regards
Malcolm Conlan
British Citizen with a love of the Philippines and her people,

Source: Malcolm Conlan

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An open letter to BBC’s Hardtalk and to Stephen Sackur written by a British national An open letter to BBC’s Hardtalk and to Stephen Sackur written by a British national Reviewed by Kristian S. on 25 June Rating: 5

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