MANILA, Philippines – After the backlash over earlier reports that Mocha Uson was appointed Bureau of Customs (BOC) "social media consultant," Mocha herself has taken to her blog to clarify.
On Facebook, Uson clarified that she had spoken to BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon to discuss concerns of Filipinos about the government agency.
"At sa interview na yun sinabi po ni Commissioner Faeldon na kailangan niya ng tulong at kooperasyon ng bawat sektor ng ating lipunan tulad na lamang ng social media," Uson wrote. "Upang maikalat ang impormasyon at magandang programa ng BOC ngayon."
(And it was during that that interview that Commissioner Faeldon said that he needs the help and coopration of each sector of society, like social media, in order to spread information about the programs of the BOC now.)
Uson, who has held other interviews with government officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte himself, said that she told Faeldon what she told everyone else: "Sa pamamagitan ng aking blog sa social media, sinabi ko na handa po akong tumulong ng walang kapalit na sahod, title, or official position."
(I said that I'm ready to help through my blog on social media, without expecting any salary, title, or official position in return.)
Uson added that she agreed to help without compensation, because she believes that even ordinary Filipinos can help bring about "true change," President Duterte's campaign slogan.
Uson reiterated: "Ulitin ko po, wala pong official appointment na naganap sa BOC. Binigyang kulay lamang ito ng iba.
(I repeat, there was no official appointment that was given to me in the BOC. People are just putting a spin on it).
"Dahil ito ang totoo – ang kaaway ng gobyerno natin ngayon ay naghahanap ng kung anu-anong dahilan upang siraan si pangulong Duterte."
(Because this is the truth – the government's enemy is now looking for any reason to destroy President Duterte.)
On those who weren't happy about the rumored appointment, Uson said, "Nakakalungkot lang isipin na may mga taong mabilis kumundena ng kapwa nila kesa sa tumulong na lamang para sa bayan."
(It's just sad to think that there are people who are quicker to condemn their fellowmen rather than help the country.)
Uson, who founded the group Mocha Girls, supported Duterte and his anti-crime platform during his campaign. She said it was because her father, Judge Oscar Uson, was killed in 2007, allegedly due to a case he was handling. – Rappler.com