MOCHA USON: ‘I’M A VIC­TIM OF FAKE NEWS’

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COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Mocha Uson on Wed­nes­day told a Se­nate in­quiry that she is also a vic­tim of fake news.

Dur­ing the Se­nate probe into the spread of false news in the country, Uson said some main­stream me­dia had pro­duced fake news against her.

“Bik­tima na po ako ng fake news [I'm a vic­tim of false news],” she said.

“Hindi pa po ako naa­point bi­lang opisyal ng gob­y­erno, naglabas na ang ABS-CBN [ng re­port] na ako po ay naa­point as Cus­toms Con­sul­tant. Dahil po doon ako po ay na-bash on­line,” Uson added.

[Even be­fore I was ap­pointed as a govern­ment of­fi­cial, ABS-CBN has re­leased a re­port that I was ap­pointed as Cus­toms con­sul­tant. Be­cause of that I got bashed.]

Uson also said that another tele­vi­sion gi­ant, GMA-7, re­ported that she took a selfie in­side a mosque in the war-stricken Marawi City. The re­port was un­true, she said. GMA news on­line Ed­i­tor-in-chief Jae­mark Tordecilla said that said news re­port quoted Marawi Cri­sis Man­age­ment

\Com­mit­tee head Zia Alonto Adiong.

In the re­port, Adiong was quoted by GMA7 as say­ing that Uson en­tered the mosque with her boots on and with­out a hi­jab and took a selfie.

The GMA-7 said they sought Uson’s side, to which she de­nied.

Uson, when given the chance by the Se­nate panel, asked Tordecilla why the GMA-7 failed to seek her com­ment.

To this, Se­na­tor Bam Aquino in­ter­jected and asked Uson if she is also get­ting the side of the op­po­si­tion when she re­ports them on her blog.

Uson ex­plained she is not a jour­nal­ist but a blog­ger but when fur­ther pressed by the se­na­tor she re­fused to com­ment.

Se­na­tor Nancy Bi­nay told Uson that she can­not sep­a­rate her be­ing a blog­ger to her job as a govern­ment of­fi­cial. The se­na­tor fur­ther said Uson should choose between blog­ging and her job as a govern­ment of­fi­cial.

Aside from gi­ant broad­cast­ing com­pa­nies, Uson said she was also re­ported by Face­book page “Madam Clau­dia” of re­ceiv­ing a cheque from for­mer Se­na­tor Fer­di­nand “Bong­bong” Mar­cos Jr., to which, she de­nied.

The said Face­book page has more than 11,000 fol­low­ers.

Uson, in her blog con­sis­tently de­fends Duterte and crit­i­cizes mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion, most of them al­lies of the Lib­eral Party.

She has pre­vi­ously com­mit­ted blun­ders, prompt­ing the ne­ti­zens to take to so­cial me­dia their call for the govern­ment to oust Uson.

#FireMocha pre­vi­ously trended on Twit­ter af­ter Uson urged mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion to visit the wake of a cop who died a year ago. Sun­Star Philip­pines

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