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)