Mike Enriquez, Arnold Clavio, Ali Sotto dedicated song to Trillanes: ‘May lagnat ka ba Antonio’



A member of the foreign media has observed how Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's views against President Rodrigo Duterte could be "inharmonious" with the public pulse, Malacañang said on Thursday.


It was disappointing that for HARDtalk’s first interview of a Filipino political figure, Stephen Sackur picked, of all people, Sen. Antonio Trillanes, the man who can’t be embarrassed by no matter how many pratfalls.


The HARDtalk interview opens low-key with this introduction by Sackur: “When it comes to populist politics delivered with menace and robust action, no one does it quite like Rodrigo Duterte, elected President of the Philippines a year ago. Since he came to power, around 7,000 people have been killed in his war on drugs and crime. Human rights groups are aghast, but a majority of Filipinos seem to admire his iron fist policy. Is President Duterte taking the Philippines and the region in a new direction?”

Trillanes did not understand the question. He looked bewildered from the start.

Throughout his public life, Trillanes has been seeking the spotlight, especially on the global stage. Yet here he was, handed a megaphone by the BBC, the premier broadcast news media today, and he had no clue how to use the platform to amplify his message and advance his political program in the Philippines.
As the conversation unfolded, it became plain that the conversation was uneven. Trillanes knew nothing about HARDtalk and Sackur. Sackur had taken time to do research on Trillanes and the Philippine situation.


Sackur is no mere broadcaster with a microphone. He knows his stuff. He was schooled at Cambridge and Harvard. He has been based in the Middle East and Washington, D. C. He was embedded with British forces in the Gulf War. And he has seen some of the toughest leaders rise and fall. He did his homework on Trillanes.

Trillanes had accused Duterte of being behind the downgrading of the criminal charges against the cops linked to the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa when BBC HARDtalk’s presenter Stephen Sackur made the rebuttal.
Sackur pointed out that Duterte was still enjoying a high approval rating despite his controversial war on drugs, at 75 percent.

Trillanes responded that the number had dropped since he was elected and that the figure Sackur cited was at least three months old.

Sackur interrupted Trillanes and said that if Western politicians got a 75 percent approval rating, it would be the happiest day of their life.

Trillanes countered that the “bulk of Filipino public” was unaware of what’s happening on the ground.

Meanwhile, the day after the interview, Senator Trillanes is now immortalized in a parody song after his infamous interview with the BBC last week.

“Antonio,” performed by DZBB hosts Mike Enriquez, Ali Sotto anf Arnold Clavio to the tune of ABBA’s “Fernando,” featured the senator’s supposed embarrassing interview that almost made me cry.


“Gusto mo pa bang ulitin yan, wag na my friend, Antonio,” the catchy song went.

A video of the DZBB song performance was posted on Facebook.

Watch the video below:

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