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Palace: Mocha's word hers alone

ANY pronouncement by outspoken former sexy starlet and now Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Margaux  "Mocha" Uson would not necessarily translate as the position taken by the government, Malacañang said Thursday. 

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said any pronouncement by the controversial blogger would remain hers and would not represent the views of the Palace. 

“These, as far as I know, will come from a personal point of view. I mean, from her personal appointment,” Abella said. 

“She will not be [part of the Presidential Communications Office as] a blogger but as part of the PCOO.” 

Abella defended Uson’s risque interactions with her mostly male audience as an entertainer, saying  “these are matters of the past.” 

Uson, who maintains a personal blog with more than five million “likes” in Facebook, will also “produce social media content” for the PCOO as assistant secretary for Social media. 

This photo taken on Feb. 25, 2017 shows Mocha Uson,  a blogger and supporter of  President Rodrigo Duterte, onstage  during a pro-Duterte rally at a park in Manila, coinciding with the 'People Power' revolution anniversary. AFP

In a recent Facebook post, Uson said she was put in charge of fighting fake news, something she had been accused of propagating on her blog.

“It’s time for us to stop relying on the wrong reports from some mainstream media, and to strengthen social media with the help of true members of the DDS [Die-hard Duterte Supporters]. Because we are the media of Tatay Digong,” Uson said in her Mocha Uson Blog.

On Thursday, Uson made a disclaimer that “the opinions expressed here represent my own views and not of the PCOO.”

As a government official, Uson is bound to follow the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” which expects norms for public officers and employees, including ‘professionalism,’ ‘justness and sincerity,’ and ‘political neutrality.’

Topics: Margaux  "Mocha" Uson , Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella , Presidential Communications Operations Office

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