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Mocha’s resignation ‘a whiff of fresh air’ – Villarin

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said Presidential Communications Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson should not blame critics for her series of blunders following the official’s irrevocable resignation on Wednesday.

Villarin said Uson’s resignation was “too little and too late,” although it was “a whiff of fresh air to a poisoned air” ordinary Filipino now breathe.

He said former starlet’s insistence not to appear in the official summons of both Houses of Congress “belies what a public official should be doing.”

“She doesn’t want to be hold accountable nor does she respects the office she holds,” said Villarin.

On Tuesday, Deputy Speaker Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. (Surigao del Sur) scolded officials of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) after Uson skipped the agency’s budget deliberations in the House plenary for the third time.

The absence of Uson has caused the agency’s budget to be deferred for the second time since many legislators wanted an explanation over the former startlet’s involvement in various controversial activities, particularly her personal blog—branded by many critics as “purveyor of fake news.”

Lawmakers finally moved for the termination of plenary debates for the proposed P1.474-billion PCOO budget for 2019 around 1:30 p.m. of Wednesday after Uson announced her resignation during a separate budget hearing at the Senate.

Bertiz said that as a public servant, Uson “should not be beyond public scrutiny and admonition.”

“She’s so contemptuous and full of herself… she’s devilishly arrogant and mischief is her virtue,” said Villarin.