#FireMocha trends after Uson dares Robredo to visit wake of cop killed over a year ago

Netizens wanted Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson terminated from her post after another social media blunder using an old article while issuing a dare to Vice President Leni Robredo, and Senators Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV.
Uson tweeted a screenshot of an Inquirer article with the title “‘Best intel cop’ killed during third drug bust of the day’ with the words “Calling Leni, Bam, Trillanes at Hontiveros” and “Kelan niyo dadalawin ito?” She captioned that tweet with “Waiting…”

She deleted that August 22 tweet but the netizens were quick in taking a screenshot as “resibo” or proof that Uson did make that tweet.


However, the Inquirer article she took a screenshot of was published in August 21, 2016, about a year ago. It was about the death of Senior Insp. Mark Gil Garcia, chief of the special operations unit of the Rizal provincial police. He died at the hospital due to blood loss after being shot in the upper left thigh by a drug pusher they were trying to entrap in their police operation.


“Gurl, ipahukay mo ulit para madalaw lang ng mga Di/law?” @kristinamisajon tweeted.

@kristinamisajon also took a screenshot of Uson’s Twitter page being private after she posted that misleading tweet.

This led netizens to tweet #FireMocha and it trended starting August 22 until today, August 23.


Netizens called for her removal from office through the trending hashtag.

“In which @MochaUson constantly, ruthlessly attacks VP Leni for “incompetence” but can’t even fact check before posting. #FireMocha,” @IrishDDizon tweeted.


Another one showed two of Uson’s deleted tweets.

“Mocha doesn’t validate the info she’s giving yet she had the audacity to call people out just cause they think better than her #FireMocha,” said another Twitter user.

Here are other tweets in the #FireMocha hashtag:

However, @IrishDDizon also urged the netizens to stick to the issue about Uson reposting old news to mislead people and not use ad hominems in attacking Uson.


Uson responds via Mocha Uson Blog

In her Facebook page, Uson responded to the articles written about #FireMocha. She addressed Rappler’s Maria Ressa’s tweet about the hashtag and asked her if her misleading post is “newsworthy” enough for Rappler.

“Maria Maria yan ba ang newsworthy sa inyo?? Bagong taktika nanaman para tabunan nang tuluyan si ANDY BAUTISTA?” Uson wrote.


She also reposted CNN Philippines’ article about #FireMocha and accused the media of finding another issue to cover up Comelec chief Andres Bautista’s issue.

“Ang media may bago nanaman nahanap na pantabon sa issue ni ANDY BAUTISTA. Push niyo yan!” Uson said.


In yet another post, she showed a screenshot of her 1.4 million engagement on social media, which is higher than the engagement received by mainstream media sites. She justified that this is the reason why the media is keen on taking away her presence on social media.

“Eto ang dahilan kung bakit nanggagalaiti ang Mainstream Media at mga DILAWAN. Gusto nila ay mawala na ang boses natin sa Social Media. Ika nga ni Maria Ressa, “time to take back the Internet,”” Uson wrote.

“Tignan po ninyo ang engagement natin kumpara sa Mainstream Media. Kahit na ano ang propaganda nila hanggang nandito pa tayo wala na silang maloloko,” Uson added.


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