MANILA - A supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte confronted a BBC journalist at the ASEAN International Media Center in Pasay City over the news organization's interview with "Pinoy Ako" blogger Jover Laurio.
Duterte supporter Sass Sasot, believes BBC may have been approached by a PR agency for the interview of Laurio, and asked the reporter Jonathan Head covering the ASEAN Summit, which "powerful group" gave the "minor blogger" access to organization.
"The immediate issue here is which powerful group gave Jover Laurio, a 'Pinoy Ako' blogger access to BBC," said Sasot.
"They can't give access to BBC that's not how it works," replied the BBC correspondent, who said he had worked with the BBC for the last 30 years.
Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson was beside Sassot during the confrontation.
Laurio, an anti-Duterte blogger, was interviewed on BBC after revealing her identity as she was allegedly harassed by netizens who support President Duterte.
Sasot pointed out to Head that only people who are either "famous" or "decision makers" are usually interviewed in big international media platforms like BBC.
"In order for you to be interviewed by big platforms like BBC you should have been given access, either you are really, really famous, that you are a decision maker... But Jover Laurio is none of that. The only link to that is she is being protected, sponsored, financed probably by the Liberal Party of the Philippines," Sasot insisted.
-- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News