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Bakit ngayon lang? Hontiveros finds Mocha Uson’s resignation ‘too late’

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It will take more than a forced “tokenistic resignation” to rebuild the ruin.

Senator Risa Hontiveros made the remark on Wednesday in reaction to the resignation of Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

She also described Uson’s resignation as “too little, too late.”

Uson chose the Senate hearing on the proposed budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to announce her resignation.

Uson said that she opted to “sacrifice” her post so that leftist lawmakers would no longer have the chance to delay the approval of the PCOO budget in order to get back at her.

“It is an extremely belated gesture rendered insignificant in the face of gross incompetence, state-sponsored vulgarity and the proliferation of fake news,” Hontiveros said.

The opposition senator said Uson’s decision to give up her position “came very late in response to the public’s demand for accountability.”

“Aanhin pa ang resignasyon kung nalulunod na ang bansa sa baha ng fake news ni Ms. Uson? The damage has already been done. Uson is leaving the PCOO with a badly tarnished reputation,” Hontiveros said.

According to the senator, Uson “has not only successfully planted the seeds of untruth inside the government, she has made sure it bore fruit to sow confusion and poison the public’s mind.”

“I’m afraid that the damage done by Uson and her ilk to our institution tasked to inform and educate the people and enrich the quality of public discourse runs deep,” Hontiveros said.

“I call on Secretary Martin Andanar to restore some sense of order to his office and end the incompetence and state-sponsored promotion of fake news,” she said.

She added, “This may be an extremely challenging task for Secretary Andanar as he himself is accused of gross mismanagement and issuing misleading statements.”

“But if Secretary Andanar really wants to salvage the PCOO’s image, he has this one chance to do it. If not, he is no better than Uson,” Hontiveros said.