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Andanar looks into Mocha Uson’s alleged show inside casino

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson (center) with her former sing-and-dance group, Mocha Girls.

 

MANILA, Philippines —  The Presidential Communications Operations Office is now checking whether Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has violated any government rules and regulations.

It comes on the heels of reports that she still performs with her group Mocha Girls inside a casino.

Based on Memorandum Circular Number 6 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on September 2016, government personnel are prohibited from entering, staying or playing at gambling casino.

This is to ensure that government officials and employees observe the highest ethical standards while in service.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar assured that his office is looking into the matter.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, on the other hand said, all government personnel must follow the existing rules and regulations of the government.

“From the palace point of view, it needs to be complied with but in this matter, it needs to be fully vetted for whatever or the actual situation,” Abella said.

UNTV News still awaits Asec. Uson’s statement on the issue but she has yet to respond to the text and calls the station sent her. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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PH lifts travel ban to Canada

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday (June 4) said President Rodrigo Duterte recalled a memorandum banning government officials from traveling to Canada.

This, after the Canadian government finally shipped back to its domain all 69 tons of trash illegally dumped in the Philippines sometime between 2013 and 2014.

With the trash reshipment, the Philippines is expected to restore diplomatic ties with the North American country.

Last May, Malacañang issued a memorandum directing all heads of government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations and government financial institutions to refrain from issuing travel authorities for official trips to Canada.

It was in response for the latters’ failure to take back the trash shipment on the May 15 deadlines set by the President.

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Palace confirms memo barring public officials’ travel to Canada

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

Protesters call on Canada to take back the tons of garbage that were illegally shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014. | Photo credit: CCTV Plus

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Sunday (May 26) confirmed the issuance of a memorandum directing government officials to refrain from travelling to Canada.

The directive came after Canada’s failure to uphold the May 15 deadline of taking back the trash shipment that has been abandoned on Philippine soil for years.

“We maintain that these directive are consistent with our stance on the diminished diplomatic relations with Canada,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

The memorandum, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and issued on May 20, covers all department secretaries, heads of agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) as well as government financial institutions.

Those concerned are barred from giving travel authorities for official trips to Canada and are directed to limit interactions with the Canadian government.

The Philippines earlier recalled its envoys to Canada and reduced diplomatic presence in the North American country.

President Rodrigo Duterte also directed concerned agencies to look for a private shipping company that would ship the garbage materials back to Canadian domain at the soonest possible time even at the expense of the Philippines.

This, even as the Canadian government already awarded a private firm to ship the garbage out of the Philippines in late June.

Meanwhile, Panelo said the Palace commends the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the early detection of the entry of mixed plastic wastes from Hong Kong into Misamis Oriental.

“We understand that the BOC would export this illegal shipment back to its port of origin,” Panelo said of the waste shipment which have been declared “assorted electronic accessories”.

“We call on concerned agencies of the government to continue exercising vigilance and hinder the entry of such shipments of garbage into our territorial jurisdiction at the first instance,” he added in the statement. Panelo reiterated the Philippine government’s firm position “that it will not allow its territory to be treated as a dumping ground for trash by any foreign country or entity.” – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Mocha Uson hints of personalities who pushed her out of PCOO

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Former Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson maintained her stern warning against her detractors now that she is officially out of public office.

On the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, she reiterated that her main reason for leaving the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) was in consideration of what’s good for the agency.

Mocha has been vocal of her sentiments that several lawmakers were deferring their deliberations on PCOO’s 2019 proposed budget just because they wanted her to attend and to press her on certain issues.

“Hindi ko po ito ginawa para sa kanila. Ginawa ko po ito para sa PCOO. Ginawa ko po ito para sa pangulo,” she said on Thursday (October 4) when asked why she resigned despite her strong will not to, during her August interview with host Daniel Razon.

Mocha revealed that no less than PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar told her to refrain from attacking the lawmakers so as not to delay or affect the approval of the agency’s budget.

She explained she was compelled to obey out of respect for Andanar but later on confirmed that it was Senator Risa Hontiveros who was among those pressuring the PCOO Secretary.

 “Siempre naman at inirerespeto ko naman siya (Andanar). Kasi talagang tinatawagan siya ng mga senador…(Si Senator Risa Hontiveros?) Ikaw ang nagsabi niyan, Kuya,” she confirmed.

Aside from Hontiveros, the former assistant secretary hinted that nine officials from the PCOO and one from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) were among those trooping to oust her, along with some left-leaning groups who criticize her for posting her interview with tribe leaders in Mindanao exposing the attacks of the CPP-NPA.

Now that she’s back as a private blogger, Mocha said she wants to utilize her “newfound freedom” to expose the flaws and irregularities of government officials attacking her and the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

She challenged Hontiveros to answer the controversies being thrown at her and prove that her reputation is beyond reproach.

“Ang akin lang sagutin niya itong anomalya sa P1.7B Philhealth funds. Sagutin niya itong kaso laban sa kanya patungkol sa wiretapping at kidnapping. Iyan ang mas malala,” the fiercer Mocha Uson said.

Despite her ordeal, the former official vowed to continue on with her service to the public even as a private citizen.

She cited the assurance from Special Assistant to the President Bong Go that he will help her establish a bridge between the overseas Filipino workers and the President.

When asked if she has plans to run for the 2019 Senatorial election, Uson said she remains undecided but in case she runs, she will advocate on providing employment to ordinary Filipinos and the plight of our compatriots abroad. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

 

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