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Mocha Uson apologizes to Muslims for mosque visit

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Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has offered a public apology to the Muslim community for her recent controversial visit to a mosque in Marawi City.

Uson earlier joined President Duterte in the visit to the iconic Islamic Center Mosque but the video showed the group’s supposed failure to follow certain protocols in the Muslim place of worship. The group reportedly wore boots inside the mosque while Uson did not wear a hijab or veil.

“Una sa lahat, ako po’y humihingi ng paumanhin sa ating mga kapatid na Muslim na na-offend sa pagsama ko po sa loob ng mosque,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Wala po akong intensyon na i-disrespect ang mosque. Sumama po ako sa loob sapagkat kinukuhanan ko po si PRRD sa kanyang pagbisita sa battlezone ng Marawi (panuorin ang video para sa buong paliwanag),” she said.

She also disputed a GMA-7 news report claiming she took selfies inside the mosque. She said a video of the visit showed she was granting photo session outside the mosque.