Uson quits Palace post, may join race for Senate

October 03, 2018
Mocha Uson
Mocha Uson

CONTROVERSIAL Assistant Communications Secretary Mocha Uson yesterday announced her resignation from her post.

Uson made the announcement during a budget hearing of the Senate finance subcommittee on the proposed budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for 2019.

Uson told reporters after her announcement that she had already submitted her resignation letter to Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

Uson has been dragged into various controversies, including a lewd video of “pepede-deralismo” jingle with blogger-friend, Drew Olivar, and another video of them together mocking the sign language for the deaf.

Both Uson and Olivar have apologized for their conduct.

No pressure

The executive branch did not pressure Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson to vacate her post, but her resignation has already been accepted by President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Special Assistant to the President “Bong” Go.

“Wala naman po. Actually, (before) po niya pinadala ‘yung sulat ay tinawagan na niya ako habang nasa ibang bansa siya at sinabi na niyang ‘yun po ay kaniyang (gagawin),” Go said.

Uson was in the United States earlier this week as part of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Go said Uson sent her letter of resignation Tuesday, Oct. 2, and this has already been forwarded to the President.

“Natanggap na po namin ‘yung sulat no, kahapon, at... pinaabot ko na po ito sa ating Pangulo,” he said.

Yesterday, Go confirmed that Duterte had accepted the resignation.

Earlier at the Senate, Uson announced her resignation from her post as a “sacrifice” in exchange for the approval of the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s (PCOO) budget.

Asked if the resignation was connected to reports that Uson would be running for senator in the upcoming elections, Go said the announcement would come from Uson herself.

“Antayin na lang ho natin kung ano magiging kaniyang desisyon o magiging anunsyo, subalit ‘yun po narinig ko lang po at hindi ko po maco-confirm,” he explained. “Kaniyang desisyon po ‘yun kung sakaling tatakbo siya sa susunod na eleksyon.”

Go did not elaborate on the circumstances leading to the resignation of Uson, but he said that Malacañang wishes her well.

“Ganito po. Nirerespeto namin ang kanyang pag-resign at nagpapasalamat rin kami kay Asec. Mocha sa kanyang naging serbisyo po sa gobyerno ni Pangulong Duterte,” he said.

“Naging good ally po siya at talagang very supportive sa ating Pangulo at kami naman po ay we wish her good luck po kung ano po ang magiging desisyon niya sa future at ano po ang magiging plano niya,” Go added.

Uson had been criticized by various quarters for allegedly spreading disinformation through her blog and for a racy video on federalism featuring her friend, blogger Drew Olivar.

She also drew flak for uploading on her blog another video showing Olivar apparently mocking the sign language of the deaf.

Duterte said last month that Uson enjoys freedom of expression even as he admitted that some of her actions went overboard.