A few days after #FireMocha trended on Twitter as netizens called for Communications Asec. Mocha Uson to be removed from her government post, Uson finally reacted to the hashtag.
On August 27, Uson took to her popular Facebook page to address the #FireMocha issue, which started when she tweeted a screenshot of the headline of a 2016 Inquirer article about the wake of a slain cop and dared Vice President Leni Robredo and other lawmakers to visit the cop’s wake, too, just like they visited Kian delos Santos’ wake.
Uson explained why she maintained her silence even after being contacted by the media to ask for her side of things when #FireMocha trended.
“Kahit anong paliwanag natin sa media biased na talaga ang mga media. Kung dati iilan lang silang biased ngayon ay halos lahat na. Ito ang totoo- WALA AKONG PAKIALAM SA INYO. DAHIL ANG PINAGSISILBIHAN KO LANG AY SI PANGULONG DUTERTE AT ANG MGA TAONG TUNAY NA MAY PAGMAMAHAL SA BAYAN,” Uson said in her Facebook post.
She also addressed those netizens who slammed her for wasting taxpayers’ money as a paid government official.
“Paulit-ulit pa nilang argumento na nasasayang ang tax nila??? Tax??? Nagbabayad ba ng tax ang mga fake accounts? Sabagay may income sila sa pagtroll nila. Sa totoo lang mga kaDDS useless na makipag-argue sa mga bleeding hearts na yan kaya hindi na po tayo nagpaliwanag,” she added.
Uson shot back at the netizens who are calling for her to get fired from her position by asking President Rodrigo Duterte whether he will actually fire her.
“Pero sa panawagan nila na #FireMOCHA tinanong po natin si PRRD mismo since siya po ang pwedeng mag-fire sa akin at eto po ang sagot niya,” Uson wrote.
In her 30-second video, Uson asked Duterte, “Sir, yung mga haters, yung mga dilaw, they want you to fire me. Kasi sir, inaaway ko po iyong mga dilaw at saka yung mga umaaway sa inyo, kaming mga supporters niyo, siyempre pag sinisiraan kayo sir, eh we also want to express our feelings na pinagtatanggol naming kayo sir. They want you to fire me Sir.”
And Duterte’s response?
“I will fire them first,” he said.
Uson then included a yellow-haired troll marked with Liberal Party’s logo being burned. You can watch the video here:
However, we noticed that Uson’s question to Duterte in the video did not include the fact that #FireMocha started trending after she tweeted the misleading post about the wake of an ‘intel cop’ who died in an anti-drug police operation in 2016 and said that she was waiting for Robredo and Senators Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Risa Hontiveros to visit the wake, too.
The hashtag started trending not because she defended President Duterte from his critics, but because she tried to slam the opposition by using a misleading tweet. The tweet, which she later deleted, triggered the netizens to recall Uson’s past blunders, causing them to start calling for her removal from office to avoid wasting over P100,000 in monthly salary paid for by taxpayers’ money. They also slammed what they thought was Uson’s effort to divide the country instead of unite the Filipinos using fake news and propaganda.
Before #FireMocha trended, Uson also caused #Symbolism to trend on Twitter in May 2017 after she posted a photo of what turned out to be Honduran police praying while asking for prayers for the Philippine Army.