- President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that Mocha Uson did go overboard in her recent involvement via a controversial video.
- Despite that, he hoped that people would respect her ‘freedom of expression’.
President Rodrigo Duterte did not hesitate to admit that the Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson went a bit overboard at times.
People have been suggesting for the President to fire Uson after her Federalism video issue. The video with her co-host Drew Olivar drew a lot of flak even from Duterte’s own allies.
In a speech in front of a Filipino community in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday evening, September 2, the President acknowledged that the PCOO is ‘medyo nasobrahan’, but he said the public must respect her freedom of expression.
“Si Mocha maraming kalaban… There are things na tingin ko medyo nasobrahan. But just the same, as a President who is sworn to take the Constitution and enforce it, it is covered by freedom of expression.”
He added that not everything she had to say is his concern; as long it’s within the bounds of the Constitution, he thought it is just fine.
“Kung ano ang gusto n’yang sabihin, ke empleyado siya ng opisina ko o sa labas as a private citizen, that is not really my concern as long as it is covered sa proviso ng constitution: freedom of expression.”
Uson and Olivar’s video went viral as her co-host chanted ‘i-pepe’ and ‘i-dede’ as a jingle for the government’s campaign for Federalism form of government.