Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson defended presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte after netizens slammed her for conducting her photoshoot at the Malacañang Palace.
She took to Facebook to hit those who criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s granddaughter as though she killed someone.
“Ayaw ko na po sana mag comment patungkol dito. Pero naawa ako sa apo ni PRRD. Na kung ikundena ng ilang tao ay akala mo nakapatay na yung tao,” Uson posted on Facebook on December 16.
Uson echoed what Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said about seeing nothing wrong with Isabelle’s photoshoot at the Palace, while throwing shade at the issue involving former presidential sister Kris Aquino and the presidential choppers in 2016.
“Una sa lahat meron bang pera ng bayan na nalustay sa pagpapapicture ng kanyang apo sa Malacañang? Meron bang batas na nilabag? Kung wala naman siguro hindi naman masama kung magpicture ang apo ng Presidente doon. Ang masama yung gamitin ang helicopter ng gobyerno at gumastos ng gas para sa personal na pangangampanya,” Uson wrote.
She added that whoever would have been in Isabelle’s shoes as the president’s grandchild would have likely done the same thing she did – take pictures for her upcoming debut.
“Ilagay po natin ang ating sarili sa apo ni PRRD. Ang lolo mo ang Presidente ng Pilipinas. Hindi na nga doon nakatira ang Pangulo kahit karapatan niya yun at magpipicture ka na lang para sa debut mo mamasamain pa,” she said.
Uson also urged people to understand what Isabelle, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte’s daughter, was feeling as a proud grandchild of the country’s leader and as someone who’s about to have her debut.
“Bad taste daw dahil ang imahe ng pamilyang Duterte ay simple at hindi magarbo. Alam niyo po tradition na sa atin yan. Kahit nga yung mga hindi kaluwagan ang buhay pero pag nag debut ang anak mo halos mag pyesta na ang buong baryo niyo. Ito ay apo ng Presidente natin. Bigyan naman natin ng konting pag unawa. Proud at excited lang naman si apo dahil Presidente ang lolo nya,” she added.
The avid Duterte supporter also noted how the public should allow the president’s family to enjoy this privilege given what he has done for the country.
“Sa dami dami ng magagandang ginawa ng kanyang Lolo bigyan naman natin ng konting pribilehiyo yung pamilya ng Pangulo,” Uson said.
She added that it was not a big deal for Isabelle to take photos in the Palace, considering how it was only a photoshoot and not the debut party itself.
“Hindi ko po sinasabing hindi bad taste ang akin lang po, maliit na bagay lang yan. Sana kung diyan na mismo ginawa yung debut e hindi naman. Yung iba ngang Pangulo diyan na nag event pamilya nila. Privilege naman siguro ng first family ang gamitin ang Malacañang,” Uson remarked.
She further said that it is likely only a Duterte supporter would understand the President’s joy in giving this privilege to allow his granddaughter to take photos in Malacañang.
“Kung suporter ka ng Pangulo at alam mo ang daming nagawa ng Pangulo para sa bayan mo can’tyou just understand his happiness to give this chance to his granddaughter? Pero kung di ka suporter ni PRRD sigurado hindi mo talaga ito maiintindihan,” she wrote.
Before concluding her post, Uson once again emphasized that Isabelle did not violate any law and slammed the recent controversies surrounding the Dengvaxia vaccine that was launched by the Aquino administration.
“Real Talk tayo, itong apo ni PRRD wala namang nilabag na batas at walang nilustay na pera kung kundenahin ng ilang sagad sa buto at todo push pa sa MEDIA pero yung Pangulong nagpabaya at walang alam sa ginagawa ng mga tao niya at dahil dito ay meron ma-aapektuhang 800k na tao hindi niyo makundena? Wag na tayong maglokohan,” she said.
But what the netizens took issue with were those photos showing Isabelle posing in front of the Philippine coat of arms. They cited Executive Order No. 310 series of 2004, which states, “Except as otherwise provided by law or Presidential issuance, the Coat-of-Arms, Seal, and Flag of the President of the Philippines or of the Vice President of the Philippines shall be exclusively used to represent the President of the Philippines or the Vice President of the Philippines, respectively.”
The netizens also reacted to Uson’s defense of Isabelle.
“Weren’t you one of the people who protested and lambasted Aika Robredo’s Harvard admission? Akala mo ninakaw nung tao ang pang tuition nya!” tweeted @krizzy_kalerqui.
“Baka nakalimutan din ni @MochaUson na binash at ipinahiya nya sa social media ang mga St. Scholastica students for rebuking EJK. Ang kakapalan ng mukha at katangahan ng babaeng ‘to sagad sa bones! #IPOKRITA,” she added in a separate tweet.
Other netizens echoed the same reaction.
President Duterte himself defended his granddaughter’s photoshoot as a “small matter.”
“Small matter, gamitin lang ‘yung Malacañang,” Duterte said during Senator Manny Pacquiao’s 39th birthday party in General Santos City on December 18.
“Wala naman ako doon. But even if I was there, itong granddaughter ko magpa-picture, lahat nga ng mga bisita pumupunta diyan, nagpapa-picture eh,” he added.