Entertainer and vocal Duterte supporter Mocha Uson posted about a publication in Ateneo that had an imitation of her Facebook profile and a collage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s face on Friday, October 14. It was labelled “Mochang Tanga Blog.”
“Isang Atenean friend just told me na pinamimigay daw ito sa loob ng Ateneo de Manila University. Gaano katotoo ito? Paki share nalang mga DDS para umabot sa mga Atenista,” Uson said. The first version of her post actually tagged the university’s basketball team, the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
She added that her friend told her the publication was secretly distributed throughout the campus, which was later proven to be false. The photo she posted was actually from a publication called “Tanganglawin,” an annual satirical issue produced by Ateneo de Manila University’s college news magazine, Matanglawin.
Matanglawin responded to Uson’s post, explaining what their publication is all about.
“Ang Tanganglawin ang taunang mapanuyang publikasyon (lampoon isyu) ng Matanglawin Ateneo,” its Facebook post said.
“Sa Tanganglawin, nais ng pahayagang itatak ang mga problemang panlipunan sa isip ng mga Atenista at mga Filipinos sa pamamigtan ng makatawag pansing paraan ng pagpapatawa. Nais din ng publikasyong ipakita, sa pamamagitan ng “Tanga,” gamit ang mga isyung binigyang mapanuksong pagsusulat, na hindi nalalayo ang katotohanan sa katatawanan,” the publication added.
But the exchange of social media posts did not stop there. Uson went on to post the Facebook profile of the editor-in-chief of Matanglawin, Rambo Talabong. She also linked Talabong’s internship at Rappler as possibly one of the reasons why she was used as Matanglawin’s subject in their satire issue.
“Could this be one of the reasons why I was used as front of matanglawin’s satire? You know that I’m one of the people criticizing rappler’s way of reporting. So ito ba ang way nila ng pag-atake sa akin pabalik na hindi ginagamit mismo ang rappler? Saying. Akala ko pa naman totoo na “it is to discuss the problems in social media.””
Matanglawin once again addressed Uson’s accusations.
The college publication denies Rappler’s involvement in their satire issue involving Uson.
“Wala itong kinikilingan kundi ang pagbibigay ng espasyo para sa mga marhinalisado nang marinig ang kanilang boses, kung kaya’t hindi totoong isa itong anyo ng pag-atake n grappler pabalik sa MOCHA USON BLOG,” Matanglawin said in its Facebook note entitled “Pahayag Ukol sa Mochang Tanga Blog.”
The publication also explained how using Uson as the cover of their lampoon issue was not the editor-in-chief’s sole decision but the entire’s publication’s.
It also made a call for Uson to use social media responsibly after she posted Talabong’s personal information on her page.
“Nanananawagan ang Matanglawin sa MOCHA USON BLOG na matuto ng responsableng paggamit ng social media, lalo na at mayroon itong higit sa apat na milyong taga-subaybay. Tinatawagan naming ang pagbura ng kaniyang pagpaskil ng larawan ng profile ng punong patnugot ng publikasyon na si Rambo Talabong,” the publication posted.
“Ang paglalantad ng personal na impormasyon nang walang pahintulot mula sa taong nagmamay-ari nito ay isang cyberbullying at paglabag ng kalayaan sa pamamahayag na inimandato ng konstitusyon,” the publication added.
The publication also said that it was not a good idea to ask her followers knowing that they may only be able to speculate and attack the party concerned.
“Hinihimok naming ang MOCHA USON BLOG na sa tuwing mayroon itong katanungan ukol sa kahit anong paksa, marapat na gawin nito ang lahat upang makahanap ng sagot. Hindi tama at hindi maayos na paraan ang paghingi ng sagot mula sa mga tagasubaybay sapagkat pawang mga spekulasyon at pang-aatake lamang ang ibubunga nito,” they said.
The same post also showed the past lampoon issues of Matanglawin, which targeted Ateneo’s official student publication The Guidon in 2012, University of Santo Tomas’ publication The Varsitarian in 2013, and Rappler in 2014.
Matanglawin also clarified that their 2016 lampoon issue was not only about the MOCHA USON BLOG. It also tackled timely issues such as extra-judicial killings, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the release of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the issue over the South China Sea, and more.
And one netizen agreed with Matanglawin calling Uson’s posting of Talabong’s personal profile as bullying, all while explaining what a “lampoon issue” means.
“Attacking a college student and a lampoon issue of a campus publication does not make you any less stupid, a quality that you shouldn’t be proud to embrace. A lampoon issue, done by so many school papers, is sometimes meant to be offensive to provoke discourse. Satire – look it up on Google – deliberately presents a slanted view of facts for the sake of both humor and political critique,” Facebook user Jeff Crisostomo said.
“Your statements deliberately present a distortion of facts with no underlying depth and purpose except to spread misinformation and to blindly defend the unjustifiable in the realm of basic human decency,” Crisostomo added.
Crisostomo also said that Uson was not being bullied and was instead the only bullying the college student/editor-in-chief.
“And no, you are not being bullied. Experiencing such entails having an adversary that is stronger or more powerful. A college publication has less clout and reach compared to your platform fueled by undiscerning trolls. You’re the one who’s doing all the bullying by posting a screen cap of the Facebook account of a student. Shame on you and your blind minions. People like you are a disgrace to the freedoms we value, which you have completely abused,” he said.
Crisostomo also translated his open letter to Uson into Filipino and in beki language.