#Symbolism trends as netizens make fun of Asec. Uson’s defense in her use of wrong photo

Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson defended her use of the photo of Honduran soldiers kneeling down in prayer while asking for prayers for the Philippine Army as “symbolism.” She actually shared the original post by CinEmotion Digital Film.
Rappler was among those who wrote an article about Uson’s usage of an inaccurate photo with its article, “FACT CHECK: PCOO’s Mocha Uson shares wrong photo of PH army.”

On Tuesday, May 30, addressed Rappler and said that her use of the Honduran soldiers’ photo was for “symbolism” purposes.

“Rappler minsan gumamit din ng common sense wag masyadong mag magaling. I did not say na Philippine Army yan. I did not say that picture was taken from Marawi. It’s a symbol of army praying,” Uson wrote on her Facebook page.

“Pag nag post ba ako ng picture ni Rizal na sumusulat at sabihin ko na tuloy ang laban para sa kalayaan ibig sabihin si Rizal ang lalaban??? Siyempre hindi dahil patay na si Rizal. Pag nagpost ba ako ng picture ni Bonifacio na may hawak na itak at may caption na tuloy ang rebolusyon ibig bang sabihin ay lalaban tayong naka itak???” she added.
Uson also urged Rappler to use their common sense.

“Symbolismo tawag dyan. Pls naman gamit naman ng COMMON SENSE. Wag mema lang. JOURNALIST KAYO DIBA? Ang caption ko lang ay ipanalangin natin ang ating mga sundalo. Hindi ko sinabi sundalo natin yan. Hindi yan tulad ng Inquirer na gumamit ng picture at sinabing yun ay nangyayari sa Marawi,” she wrote.

“Common sense lang na hindi sa atin yan kasi may flag sila sa vest nila. Ba’t ko ipopost na sa Pilipinas yan e may flag nga ng ibang bansa. Common sense na it is a symbolism,” Uson said.


After her “symbolism” defense, #symbolism trended on Twitter in the morning of May 31.


@KenCallawood said he cringed when Uson used the alibi and tweeted several photos of what symbolism is all about.

He further tweeted examples of what Uson might have meant when she said “symbolism.”

@PaRodyDu30 also tweeted his own interpretation of Uson’s symbolism.

Palanca-winning essayist @shakirasison weighed in on the symbolism issue.

Satirical website @SoWhatsNews went showbiz when tweeting about symbolism, using Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman photo to report about how Liza Soberano is the new Darna.

@LA-Malibago even made a reference to the Korean drama hit “Descendants of the Sun” by using actor Song Joong-ki’s photo.

And lego for Duterte administration’s Build Build Build program from @kalachuchai.

Actress Marian Rivera-Dantes’ Twitter parody account said that if Uson’s all about symbolism, then she should simply be paid with play money then.

“Deer Mars Mocha. Nisajest ko na kay Tatay Digong na PLAY MONEY na lang ipasweldo sayo. Di man magagastos itey, it’s d symbolism dat counts!” said the parody account.

Here are other tweets about #symbolism:

Facebook users also joined the #symbolism fever. compiled some more posts about #symbolism, too.

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