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Senator Trillanes files criminal and administrative complaints vs. PCOO Asec. Uson

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 22nd, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has charged Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux Justiniano Uson or popularly known as Mocha Uson  six counts of criminal complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The complaints stemmed from the alleged fake news Uson posted on her social media account about the alleged bank account numbers and hidden wealth of Trillanes outside of the country.

“Three of these are for the cybercrime offense of libel. One is for her violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act for using her position to cause undue tom for another party,” said Trillanes.

The senator filed the complaints three days after he went to Singapore to personally prove that he has no offshore or hidden account in the said country.

Trillanes said he will use as evidence the information he got from DBS Bank that states the bank account number posted by Uson on her social media is non-existent.

“What Mr. Duterte said, that he just made it up, and what he said as the real account. The two are all made up. That’s the evidence I will use against them,” said the complainant.

“The era of fake news is over. Those who spread fake news will be held liable under the law,” said Trillanes.

Aside from this, the senator also filed an administrative complaint against the former starlet.

He also asked the ombudsman to oust Uson from her post for committing grave misconduct following her violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards of public officials and employees.

On the other hand, Malacañang through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “He is free to do so.”

Trillanes is also studying the possibility of filing complaints against other personalities, he claims, are also involved in the issue. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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Embassies in SG, Egypt offer certification to returning OFWs after NAIA mishap  

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Stranded passengers affected by the NAIA runway mishap make do with benches amid lack of proper accommodation from their respective airlines.

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassies in Singapore and in Cairo, Egypt are calling on overseas Filipino workers (OFW) affected by the runway incident at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to communicate with them in case they needed a certification for their employers upon their return to their host countries.

A stranded OFW bound for Egypt is encouraged to send his or her name as well as the name and address of his or her employer or company of work to the embassy’s e-mail address atn@philembassycairo.org.

Meanwhile, Filipino workers bound for Singapore are encouraged to send a copy of their travel itinerary as proof that they were affected by the incident along with the foreign employer’s name, company and contact details so that certifications may be issued, if necessary, to the embassy e-mail address sgpeatn@gmail.com. – Marje Pelayo

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Mocha Uson claims federalism video used to shadow election fraud probe

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

 

 

Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – For the first time since their controversial video together, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger Drew Olivar appeared on a live interview on Wednesday (August 22) to clarify their side of the story.

Uson claimed that critics of the administration only used their video to divert attention from the then ongoing Senate probe on alleged 2016 election fraud.

“Kasi ganito po ang nangyari. Hindi ba mayroong Senate hearing on electoral fraud? Thursday po iyong video namin. Pinakaunang hearing nina Atty. Glenn Chong, parang Monday ata iyon, hindi pinansin ng media. Kaya nga po nagrereklamo iyong ating mga kababayan (kung) bakit hindi kinover ng media…Pakiramdam namin ginamit itong isyu na ito upang pagtakpan,” argued Uson.

Uson and Olivar remained unapologetic though they acknowledged the negative impact of their actions.

“If you want me to apologize, I will because I know that you are a true person. Pero hindi ako mag-aapologize lang dahil hindi ninyo ako gusto,” said Uson.

“Hindi ako magso-sorry sa ginawa ko dahil naniniwala ako na ang sorry ay nakakapagpagaan lang iyan ng loob pero hindi nakakapagtama ng mali. Kaya kung mali man iyon, sige itatama ko. Pero hindi ako magso-sorry,” said Olivar.

The controversial duo stressed that their intentions were never to disrespect the idea of federalism. They even hit back against their critics.

“Wala kaming intensyon na bastusin ang federalism. Wala kaming intensyon na bastusin ang saligang batas,” ASec. Mocha explained.

“Hindi malaswa ang ginawa ko. Kayo lang ang nag-iisip ng malaswa. Kayo ang malaswa,” Olivar maintained.

When asked if their video helped in the promotion of federalism, the two believe they somehow called the attention of the public to delve into the real essence of the idea which the Duterte administration is primarily advocating.

“May malaking pagbabago. Talagang nagising ang mga tao. After ng video namin, may nakikita ako na mayroon nang gumagawa ng explanation nila, sa mga post nila, na nagse-share ng mga insights nila,” Olivar said referring to the comments he received  on social media.

“Nag-iisip kami ng paraan kung paano mapag-uusapan (ang pederalismo). Dahil sa video, pumatok siya at napag-usapan,” Uson explained. –

To keep the interest of the public, the duo plans to create a shortfilm about federalism as their own way of supporting the government’s campaign. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo

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Villarin seeks ‘zero budget’ for PCOO after federalism gaffe

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Akbayan Congressman Tom Villarin

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), headed By Secretary Martin Andanar, is asking for a P1.4B budget for next year.

This is P100M higher that the office’s budget this year.

But senators seem unconvinced that the agency really deserves such a huge amount of public funds following the uproar caused by the controversial video on federalism posted by PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

For Akbayan Congressman Tom Villarin, the agency deserves no more than a one-peso budget.

“Ito ang pinapasahod natin kay Mocha na  ang ginagawa lang ay ginagawang cabaret ang Office of the President o ginagawang comedy bar (This is how much we pay Mocha who has done nothing but turn the Office of the President into a comedy bar and a cabaret),” Villarin said.

Senators are now challenging the PCOO to justify its budget request after Uson’s video stirred controversy for what they described as inappropriate and lewdly acts.

“Bakit tataasan ang isang ahensya tulad ng PCOO? Ngayon imporante ang komunikasyon, pero anung klaseng communication (Why should we increase the budget of PCOO? Communication is important, but what kind of communication?)” questioned Senator Grace Poe.

 “Dadaan din sa butas ng karayom ang budget ng PCOO. Tiyak ko naman mga kasama kong mga senador dito ay talagang titimbangin(PCOO’s budget will have to go through the eye of a needle. I am sure my fellow senators will be meticulous),” Senator Risa Hontiveros believed.

 “Kung gagamitin sa pulitika, lalo na’t mag-eeleksyon, eh medyo kinu-question mark ko yan (If it will be used for politicking, especially now that election season is coming, I kind of put a question mark on it), ” said Senator Richard Gordon.

Senator JV Ejercito believes the agency will have a difficult task to defend their budget request especially at this time that the issue on the “ipederalismo” video remains a hot topic.

“Sana wag na maulit muli, kaya lang ang inaalala ko sa pagdefend sa PCOO budget, given na maraming nagreact medyo, palagay ko maraming magtatanong (I hope it doesn’t happen again. But I worry that in defending the PCOO budget, considering that many reacted to the video, many will question it),” Ejercito said.

But Senator Manny Pacquiao defended the Presidential Communications Group, expressing satisfaction over its performance.

“Masipag naman sila. Ginagampanan ang trabaho nila. Nakikita naman natin. Dadaan naman sila sa parang cross examination dito sa Senate (They work hard and we can see that they’re doing their job. They will have to go through something like a cross-examination at the Senate anyway),” said Pacquiao.

The Senate has started its deliberations on the 2019 National Budget and vowed to thoroughly scrutinize the budget of PCOO and other government agencies facing corruption allegations.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday, meanwhile, appealed for lawmakers to consider the role of the PCOO as an office.

“Huwag naman po (Don’t be too hard) because PCOO is functioning also. It is providing an indispensable role. Kinakailangan po natin ang mensahe ng presidente makarating sa taumbayan at iyan po ang mandato ng PCOO (We need the President’s message to reach the people and that is the mandate of PCOO),” Roque said. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo

 

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