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‘Di na kinaya! Uson resigns from PCOO

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By Xave Gregorio

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has resigned.

Uson made this announcement during the Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 budget Wednesday (October 3), saying she is “sacrificing” to allow the PCOO’s budget to move forward in Congress, which House deferred yesterday as some lawmakers demanded her presence.

“Taon-taon ay sinasabihan po ako na huwag punahin ang ilang mga mambabatas para hindi po ipitin ang budget ng PCOO. Nakakagalit man ngunit ganyan ang sistema natin sa kasalukuyan. Bulok man ito, ngunit kailangang sundin,” Uson said.

“At dahil po diyan, ako na po ang magsasakripisyo para maipasa na po ang budget ng PCOO. Ako ay nagdesisyon na mag-resign na po,” she continued.

But Uson said her critics should not take this as a victory.

“Para po sa mga bumabatikos sa akin, ‘wag na po kayong magkakamaling isipin na nagtagumapy kayo. Hindi ako nagbitaw sa posisyon dahi takot akong harapin kayo. Gusto ko lang na ‘pag nagkaharap tayo, patas ang laban,” she said.

Uson said left-leaning lawmakers are targeting her over her interview with an alleged lumad leader who claimed that the indigenous peoples in Mindanao are being used by communists to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Naniniwala ako na ito ang dahilan kung bakit may ilang makakaliwang kongresista ang galit na galit po sa akin, gayun pa man ay ganito na po talaga ang sistema natin ngayon,” Uson said.

The supposed lumad leaders Uson interviewed are tagged in the 2015 killings of two lumad leaders and the executive director of a lumad school, according to Gabriela party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas.

“So ito pong kanyang interview, lumalabas na naman na fake news na naman ito … ‘Yung pinakita niya po ay isang side na kilala mismo sa komunidad ng Alcadev na pumatay sa tatlong leaders nila.,” Brosas said in a press briefing Thursday (September 27).

Uson, a former sexy dancer, and pro-Duterte blogger-turned-assistant secretary, stepped down from her post following Philippine Information Agency director Harold Clavite’s call for her resignation after the House deferred action on the PCOO’s budget.

During her stint at the PCOO, Uson drew flak over a string of blunders, including a lewd song-and-dance number on federalism on a webshow starring her and blogger Drew Olivar.

Philippine Daily Inquirer editor Lito Zulueta first tweeted that Uson would be resigning due to “lack of support from PCOO for her controversial methods to promote charter change and federalism.”

“Sources said Mocha Uson would continue her controversial social-media promotion of President Duterte and join a leading radio station,” Zulueta tweeted.

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