Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson (left) with blogger, Drew Olivar in their controversial video on Federalism (Image grabbed from Mocha Uson official FB page)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) confirmed on Thursday (September 6) the issuance of a memorandum to Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson for uploading a reprehensible video on federalism.
During a budget deliberation of the House Committee on Appropriations earlier, ASec. Marie Banaag revealed that right after the PCOO received complaints through government hotline 8888 regarding the controversial video, the PCOO immediately notified Uson and ordered her to explain.
ASec. Banaag added that the memo is a reminder to Uson that as a public servant, specifically a public official, she is bound by the provisions of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
“Ang tanggapan ni USec. Lorraine Badoy na siyang namumuo sa gender and development ng PCOO ay nag-issue ng memorandum kay ASec. Mocha Uson to remind her sa lahat ng pino-post niya and to remind her doon sa provision ng R.A. 6713…Ito ang first official reminder na ipinatanggap po ng opisina ng PCOO through USec. Badoy sa ASec. Mocha. Ang sinasabi po namin dito, hindi kami nanunuod lang sa nangyayari. Nakikinig din po kami at may ginagawa po ang aming opisina,” Banaag explained.
She also confirmed that the PCOO already completed its fact-finding investigation as to the root of the matter which it submitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary.
The official clarified, however, that the PCOO is not in the position to apprehend or sanction Uson as she is a presidential appointee which means she is directly under the Office of the President. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo