Mocha Uson: I was fired? Fake news

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RE­SIGNED Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Es­ther Mar­gaux “Mocha” Uson on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, branded as “fake news” a re­port that she was fired by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

The news re­port quoted an un­named source who said Duterte had de­cided to dis­miss Uson from ser­vice al­legedly for be­ing “abu­sive and ar­ro­gant.”

On her ra­dio pro­gram, Uson ex­pressed her plan to file a case against Inquirer for al­legedly prop­a­gat­ing false in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing her res­ig­na­tion from the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Oper­a­tions Of­fice (PCOO).

“May break­ing news. Ano ba ‘to? Pi­nal­abas ni­tong Inquirer, ang sabi (There’s a break­ing news. What’s this Inquirer said), ‘Mocha Uson was fired by Pres­i­dent Duterte, a Mala­cañang in­sider tells Inquirer,’” Uson said.

“Pwede ko na bang ide­manda ito? Kasi walang ka­to­to­hanan ito, Inquirer. Ang sabi, ac­cord­ing to a source. Wow ha (Can I file a case against Inquirer? Be­cause there’s no truth to it, Inquirer. You’re say­ing, it’s ac­cord­ing to a source? Just wow),” she added.

Uson be­lied the re­port and asked the me­dia out­let to re­tract its “un­ver­i­fied” ar­ti­cle.

“Hindi ako finire. Hindi ako tinang­gal. Paano nang­yari ‘yun? Nag-sub­mit nga ako ng res­ig­na­tion dated Septem­ber 28 pa

nga (I was not fired. I was not re­moved from of­fice. How did that hap­pen? I sub­mit­ted my res­ig­na­tion dated Septem­ber 28),” she said.

“Iyang sinasabi niyo na ako ay pina­tal­sik sa PCOO, na­palak­ing fake news iyan. Inquirer, malak­ing kas­i­n­un­galin­gan iyan. (Your claim that I was re­moved from PCOO, that’s a big fake news. Inquirer, that’s a big lie) I am giv­ing you the chance to re­tract your news,” she added.

Uson also dared Inquirer to di­rectly ask the Pres­i­dent about her res­ig­na­tion.

“I sub­mit­ted my res­ig­na­tion let­ter at sin­abi ni Sir Bong Go (said), the Pres­i­dent ac­cepted my res­ig­na­tion. Nasaan doon ang (Where is the), ‘The Pres­i­dent fired Mocha Uson?’” she said.

“Ta­nun­gin na lang nila si Pres­i­dente. Wala na­mang makaka­pag­con­firm niyan. Kay Pres­i­dente da­pat. Bakit in­sider? So gan­ito na lang, Inquirer, kung gusto niyo ta­la­gang mala­man, ayaw niyo pa ring mani­wala na ako ay nag-re­sign ay ta­nun­gin niyo si Pres­i­dente. At kung anong sagot niya, malala­man natin. Huwag lang tay­ong mag­pakalat ng fake news,” she stressed.

(They should ask the Pres­i­dent. No one can con­firm it. It should be the Pres­i­dent. Why would you ask an in­sider? So Inquirer, if you want to know the truth, if you do not want to be­lieve that I re­signed, ask the Pres­i­dent. We will know based on his an­swer. Do not spread fake news.)

On Oc­to­ber 3, Uson an­nounced her de­ci­sion to step down from of­fice and pos­si­bly run in the 2019 mid-term elec­tions.

Uson’s res­ig­na­tion was ac­cepted by the Pres­i­dent, Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent Christo­pher “Bong” Go said on the same day that the for­mer Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cial made the an­nounce­ment.

Uson was a for­mer leader of the all-fe­male Mocha Girls dance group be­fore she be­came a pub­lic of­fi­cial.(Ruth Abbey Gita/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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