By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. has protested the next episode on Sunday, March 12, over CBS (9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central) of the three-year-old
weekly political drama series, “Madame Secretary,” portrayed by Tea Leoni as Dr. Elizabeth McCord as U.S. Secretary of State with its “highly negative depiction of acharacter purported” to be Philippine President Rody Duterte.
The trailer of Season 3 Episode 15 “Break in Diplomacy” shows the character described in the episode’s Synopsis as the “Philippines’ unconventional new president” – exhibiting inappropriate behavior towards the female lead character, US Secretary Elizabeth McCord.
The press statement from the Embassy said that “while Madame Secretary is a work of fiction, it tracks and mirrors current events. It is, therefore, inevitable that its depiction of world leaders will have an impact on how its audience views the real personages and the countries they represent.
“This highly negative portrayal of our Head of State not only casts doubt on the respectability of the Office of the Philippine President but also denigrates the way our nation navigates foreign affairs. It also tarnishes the Philippines' longstanding advocacy for women's rights and gender equality.
CALLS ON CBS FOR “CORRECTIVE ACTIONS”
“In view of the injurious effects that this program will have on the interests of the Philippines and the Filipino people, the Philippine Embassy urgently calls on CBS to take the necessary corrective actions.”
The series primarily describes main character Dr. Elizabeth McCord's fight to balance her family and her work as the US Secretary of State.
The series premiered on September 21, 2014. On October 27, 2014, CBS placed a full season order consisting of 22 episodes for the first season.
On March 25, 2016, Madame Secretary was renewed for a third season, which premiered on October 2, 2016.
According to its promotional information, Madame Secretary explores Secretary Elizabeth McCord's life as the shrewd, calculating, and determined newly appointed United States Secretary of State. McCord drives international diplomacy, battles office politics, and circumvents and ignores protocol as she negotiates worldwide issues.
The show also focuses on the personal lives of the characters. McCord is also a college professor and a former CIA analyst who left the agency for ethical and personal reasons. The President values her apolitical leanings, deep knowledge of the Middle East, flair for languages, and ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even know there is a box.
Téa Leoni as Dr. Elizabeth "Bess" Adams McCord, the United States Secretary of State, spent twenty years as a CIA analyst before becoming a professor of political science at the University of Virginia. She was selected by her old boss, Conrad Dalton, who is now the President of the United States, to replace Secretary of State Vincent Marsh, who died in a plane crash.