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