Resigned PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is one of the most talked about personalities in the country.
People were surprised that she agreed to be interviewed by Korina Sanchez herself for ‘Rated K.’ She stated that she gave it a shot as she now has freedom and saw no problem with it
“Ngayon I’m free. Balik sa private citizen. Wala naman po akong nakikitang problema. Siguro meron tayong pagkakaiba sa opinyon, sa pulitika, pero pwede namang isantabi yun.”
Mocha added that when she was a government official, she was expected to stay mum about accusations made about her.
She compared herself to the Mayon Volcano waiting to erupt.
“Kasi dati kapag inuupakan ako, inaakusahan ako ng malisyosong akusasyon, hindi ko maipag-tanggol yung sarili ko. When you’re a public official, it comes with the territory na tatanggapin mo yung mga bashing sa’yo. Ngayon, maipagtatanggol ko na rin yung sarili ko. One year and four months din akong parang Mayon Volcano…merong mga eruptions. And I’d like to correct myself, ang Bulkang Mayon ay nasa Albay.”
Before she became a government official, she was first introduced to the entertainment industry as a band vocalist and became the leader of a group called Mocha Girls.
Her following grew after she established her blog on Facebook in 2010.
Not everyone knew but she is the oldest of the three kids of a doctor and a judge. So how did she earn the nickname “Mocha”?
“Akala ng iba, screen name ko yun. Nung pinanganak ho ako, lahat ng mga kaibigan ng nanay ko, binisita siya. May mga dalang regalo. cake roll, ice cream, at lahat po yun, maniwala kayo sa hindi, mocha flavor.”
Just like normal people, Mocha expressed that she also experienced bullying and pain when she was younger as her father was murdered.
“Ang naalala ko po dati po lagi akong nabu-bully. Kasi nga mas maitim ako noon. Tinatawag akong ‘nognog’. Dun ko na siguro nakuha yung katapangan. From experience.”
“Kasi away pulitika at di siya nagpabayad sa mga gustong bayaran siya.”
She added that her mother suffered from breast cancer.
Mocha addressed her mistakes, saying that she’s not a perfect person, but she knows that she doesn’t spread fake news.
“Syempre hindi naman po ako perpekto. May mga pagkakamali ako. Yang mga nasabi ko nga na yung Mayon nasa Naga. O kaya mga maling pag gamit ng larawan ng mga sundalo na hindi naman natin sundalo sa Marawi, hindi po yun intentional. Yung mga pagkakamali ko is yung tinatawag natin na honest mistake. Mali ang grammar, mali ang pag-english. Pero, malinis ang konsensya ko na wala po akong pinapakalat ng sinasabi nilang ‘fake news’.”
The former ASec then expressed that people just have different opinions and what’s needed is for them to respect one another.
“Lahat tayo ay may karapatang sabihin yung nasa puso natin, lahat tayo ay may paniniwala. Magkaiba man ito, kailangan natin respetuhin. Katulad ninyo na may opinyon, may opinion din ako.”