“How are you? Honestly, tell me how are you?” a simple question that could save somebody’s life who is struggling with depression.
On Monday, April 1, it was not an April Fools’ Day prank that shocked every one, but it was the sudden death of Mark Joseph Ubalde, a broadcast journalist and The Manila Times columnist.
A 33-year-old journalist was found dead in his hotel room at the Shangri-La at The Fort in Bonifacio Global City (BCG) in Taguig City at 5:30 p.m and was confirmed by his sister Shyrl Ann on a Facebook post.
According to the BCG Police, Ubalde’s body was found lifeless in the bathroom after someone had asked the hotel guest service center to check on him because he’s not answering his phone call. Right at the moment, the Shangri-La’s in-house physician declared him dead.
Ubalde had finished his degree in journalism at the University of the Philippines in 2007 and after three years, he earned his Certificate in Online and Multimedia Journalism from the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin Germany.
Posted by The Digital Nomad on Sunday, March 31, 2019
In 2009, he started his career in journalism for GMA News as s senior news producer and on the same year he was awarded for his report on absentee mothers called “When Mom is Away, the Family goes Astray.”
After two years he transferred to TV5 as multimedia Reporter for InterAksyon.com and won Best Online Report at the Migration Advocacy Media Awards for his report on “Highlights and Lowlights: 38 years of Pinoy Abroad.”
Then in 2013, he became a content manager for News5.com.ph and managed the pioneering team of N5E, as the new site generated over 48 million unique visitors in 2014.
Using his social media expertise, he later worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the Presidential Communications Operations Office and in the Department of Information and Technology. Ubalde also helped in creating the National Government portal’s communication strategy and spearheaded the revamp of the gov.ph website.
Last year, Ubalde started writing his column, “The Digital Nomad” for the Business Times and later, the Sunday Business and IT sections of The Sunday Times that would discuss on many relevant issues like how business can find benefit from social media, searching for ideal social media influencer and finding ways on how to fight fake news on the Internet.
With all these achievements in life, seeing Ubalde as an efficient and very competent person he has mastered the art of pretending (to be fine).
After his death, “The Digital Nomad” had posted his video titled “My Depression”.
This talked about his struggles with depression as he was clinically diagnosed by a psychologist after not able to sleep for two months straight in 2016.
On his half an hour video, he advised those who are undergoing depression to seek out for professional help and don’t self-medicate.
He also traces back his experience that might have become the root cause of his depression.
Ubalde knew that there is a lingering sadness in him even when he was om high school or as early as grade six. It started when he thought how to survive without his grandmother.
“It started when you were thinking na parang I don’t know how to survive pag nawala yung lola ko and I was in grade 6 then. I would always check up on her and I sleep over sa bahay sa Fairview, I would always went to her and make sure she’s breathing.”
When he was in his sixth grade, he remembered having an experience of anxiety attacks thinking of what he would be.
“I was in grade 6 na naiisip ko na hindi ako pwedeng maging jobless, hindi ako pwedeng ito lang trabaho ko.”
At his young age and being academically gifted, he had to maintain his grades and extra-curricular activities which he thought have also contributed to so much pressure on his part.
Ubalde is also known for Seph wanted to show in his video that “people who are depressed don’t necessarily fall into a box” as always sad or non-functioning individuals who don’t want out of the bed for the entire day but for him, depression has another face.
He admitted that he is a functioning depressed person. Thinking that he has a very jolly out-looking life, who would always smile, having good friends, had laughed a lot and make other people laugh a lot, seeing him as very well composed and confident person but when he’s alone depression comes in.
“Outside you can see that I’m very well composed and confident but deep inside when you’re by yourself and your all alone, that when the façade crumbles, that’s when you have to grapple with your demons or monsters all throughout.”
What could a depressed person need?
Seph made this video to inform that a depressed person like him needs support system from friends, relatives, loved ones, workmates to keep them going as he specifically discussed it what kind of help a depressed person needs.
When you say it, you mean it.
Seph would have wanted friends who would ask simple questions like “kamusta ka na?”, “how are you?”, “what have you been up to?” as they take that seriously but the person or a friend must mean it .
“I stood out with my friends before that you have to really mean when we say “how are you?” hindi yung parang nakita mo siya after a while and say kamusta ka na? It has the same level as “ Uy! kumain ka na? or Uy! kain tayo! It just a gesture, it’s empty but when we start asking and if you know this person is depressed like me, you really have to mean it.”
He also said that friends don’t have to say anything, what is more important, is to wait for a sincere answer from them or answer more beyond usual conversation, friends who are genuinely check-up on you and would really ask you, how are you?
“I wish I have more friends who really mean it when bumped into them and tell me “uy kamusta ka na?” that would really be pressed on saying “no..no..no..yung totoo, kamusta ka na?”
Depressed people like him would feel that their alone but having more friend who would press them to tell their true feelings could have helped them to open up their problems and would not keep it within their self.
“Asked someone genuinely how are they doing and don’t escape with the answer of I’m fine. I’m fine is the idlest words among depressed people, because it’s a mask “I’m fine” A depressed person is never fine”
Friend, lend me your ears.
Seph would also want friends who have the patience to listen as he was fortunate enough to find one named “Ricky” who would always be there when he had his depression attacks.
“I wish I have friends like him, friends I can call at midnight when the fangs of depression are attacking. “
The common response that we hear advising or comforting a depressed person could be the worst things for them hear
.“The worst thing that a friend would say to a depressed person na saying parang “oh I feel bad and the friend would say oh.. wala yan ako nga ganito ang napagdaanan ko or friend magdasal ka lang kaya mo yan or the worst yung ikaw naman kasi eto yung ginagawa me..eh kung eto na lang yung ginawa mo..”
As a depressed person, he would advise that it is important to lend an ear and never compare your friends’ pain to your own pain because both of you living different lives and your experiences were different. Seph also said to stop downplaying depression as a mere face especially for those who are clinically or diagnosed as a depressed person.
“It’s a process, it is not something na ginagawa lang excuse… No! It’s not!
“When people look at me they won’t say that I’m depressed. There are moments that I look sad but I can bounce back… I mean mabilis I’m a master at pretending, even the way I look it, and it doesn’t manifest what I’m going through.”
All he ever wanted was a friend who would listen and acknowledge their pain that it is legitimate and not imaginary, more friends who don’t disappoint him, who would not leave. He also tries his best to reconnect to people who had been part of his life but because of the distance, he can’t easily get connected with them.
He also had wished to have a sensitive friend who would know that he was only pretending to be fine.
“I wished I have friends who could see clearly that I’m just pretending to be fine because it is difficult to know but you feel it, a good friend would feel it, a good friend would know that someone is faking it and who’ s genuinely experience it”
Support from my family.
In times of trouble, one’s family would always be there or is expected to help a person suffering with depression but for Seph, he not with him.
“I wished I had a support system in my family, that willing to talked about mental health issues and not mere dismissing it as “mapahinga ka kasi” or “magsimba ka kasi lagi” coz I come from a very religious family.” he said.
“I would always the tell them that “ang tao na nasa garage ay hindi nagging kotse at ang taong laging nasa simbahan ay hindi nagiging santo” it not about the structure , it’s about personal relationship with God whoever maybe in your life and I don’t appreciate relative would say “may pinagdadaanan lang siya.”
A Supportive Partner.
Seph recently been out of a relationship and had also wished to have a partner who would understand that he is undergoing depression and would not leave or would have stick with him for a while. For it does not define who he is, it a part of that he is trying to manage, overcome and understand.
“I wish I could find someone who could understand because after all, people who are suffering from mental health issues are just wanting of people who would understand them”
A desire society for a depressed person.
He wanted people who would not treat it as a “Fad” but who would turn this mental health issue as an opportunity for a business.
“I have met someone who claims to be an advocate for the mental health issue, according to him who is not undergoing any mental health issue at all but who wants to profit from it by creating this mental health institution.
“He wants mental health solutions or therapy to be retailed but mental health is not a clothing store or you could pass it as a commodity.”
Depressed person are not weak. They are the strongest people I know.
“People who are undergoing depression were so ashamed of themselves maybe it is because they look normal but don’t act normally,” he said.
He felt so sad when he sees people who took their own life it’s because pain becomes unbearable that death seems to be a lesser pain. Knowing depression he would say that “We’re not weak, we are strong” and every day is a struggle.
“If I told my story when I was I kid, everything underwent, you wouldn’t have survived.”
His final message to all who are depressed is to fight it as he also pleaded not to judge a depressed person who has given up on living.
“For people who are depressed or undergoing any mental health issue “fight” not everyone as brave as we are. Fight the when it seems like every day is a struggle and you’re not winning anything “fight” not just for your family, not just for your friends, “fight” for yourself. And for those who have decided not to fight anymore “please don’t judge them, you don’t know what they been through. Hope to see you and just be kind to one another be understanding of each other’s struggles. See you on the other side.”
His words should not be taken for granted, for he himself has experienced how hard fighting depression is. This might help us to save somebody’s life because only a few have survived and most of them have given up.
Behind Mark Joseph Ubalde’s success, his depression have overruled him, hid life.
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President Rodrigo Duterte is being rumored to put the government under the military and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) undersecretary and wife of a military man Lorraine Marie Badoy just explained the possible reason why he prefers ex-military men to handle several government departments.
In a Facebook post, Badoy said that it’s because “they get the job done” with “zero self promotion”.
Let me tell you why the President sometimes prefers ex-military men to head departments in his administration—and most often, the troubled and more challenging departments.
One reason and one reason alone: they get the job done.
And they get it done—with as little drama, as little fuss, as little noise as possible.
On top of that, they get it done with zero self promotion.
She added that every woman who is married to any soldier will have the same answer as, their husbands always put the country first.
These guys are what my closest girlfriends and I, who like me, are married to PMAers, fondly call ‘war-shocked’. Lol.
Ask any woman married to a PMAyer/any soldier and the answer will be the same.
We come second to country.
Service to country is deeeeeply ingrained in them. Nakasuksok sa DNA. The day we got to accept that was the day we attained Nirvana.
They are on perpetual “Aye-aye, sir.” Sabay snappy salute.
They won’t see the million and one obstacles and challenges. NO. THEY WON’T. What they’ll see is the finish line. What they will see is the GOAL—and how to get there in the shortest time possible.
Effective as hell.
Badoy then narrated that military men always find solutions to challenges they face along the way. She then mentioned Bureau of Customs former chief Sid Lapeña as an example.
They could, probably see the hurdles, but these hurdles are something they just swat away like bothersome flies.
Dam unfinished since the 80’s? Get it completely built. That’s my manong Bong Visaya, head of the National Irrigation who’s been clocking one amazing gain after the other for country.
Former BOC Chief, Sid Lapeña, raised the bar with back to back record-breaking Customs collections and seizures. And he did that with never-before seen measures of cleansing and en masse firing and freezing of employees who weren’t above board.
Others she mentioned were Alex Balutan, Ed del Rosario, Roy Cimatu, and Generals Tabaquero, Esperon, and Lorenzana.
Alex Balutan has transformed the PCSO too with back to back unprecedented record-breaking revenues and has been relentless in fighting corruption that has been there for decades.
Ed del Rosario recently led groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding of structures in Marawi’s most affected area. Oh the challenges he’s had to hurdle to get to that day.
In the meantime, thousands of IDPs live in comfort and dignity in temporary shelters that will house them while their beloved Marawi rises from the ashes. There is no repeat of Yolanda here.
Generals Tabaquero, Esperon, Lorenzana are closest to the President.
Roy Cimatu, my gad. Where do I even start with the miracle he created with Boracay’s once filty waters?
I could go on and on about the million and one ways these guys (a lot of them not in my collage kasi hindi na kasya lollll) get the job done magnificently well.
In the post, she stated that not everyone knows about the men’s achievements as she had to beg them to tell her about it to put it at the PCOO platforms.
I am not saying ALL ex-military guys are humble and competent and incorruptible. No way. I have met some of the worst.
I am only saying the President chooses exceedingly well the ex-military men he surrounds himself well. The ones he has chosen are like him—incorruptible, indefatiguable, humble and for whom the words courage, loyalty and integrity still mean something.
There have been rumors going around that Mocha Uson is still receiving salary from the government.
According to a report by Inquirer Bandera, she still receives a whopping amount of ₱130,000 monthly even if she recently resigned from her position as the Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
It was also said that Uson might not be an assistant secretary anymore but she was re-assigned as a consultant at the Palace and receives the same benefits as other consultants.
Adding to that, the report also said that not only does she receive a large salary and benefits, but she’s allowed to work at home.
Also, she can join President Rodrigo Duterte in his travels.
Mocha Uson has yet to comment on the rumors.
GMA Network writer Suzette Doctolero slams resigned Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson once again.
On October 8, Monday, Doctolero shared the news regarding Uson’s decision to run in the 2019 midterm elections.
She suggested that the former ASec should start at the barangay elections first as she’s still inexperienced and proceeded to say “Syunga syunga ka pa. Aral muna.”
Hay. Wala ka pang alam. Magsimula ka muna sa baranggay. Jusmiyo. Syunga syunga ka pa. Aral muna.
It earned negative feedback from the Diehard Duterte Supporters (DDS). One compared Uson to Senators Nancy Binay and Risa Hontiveros.
Mas hamak naman may alam cya sa kommunicsyon si Mocha kaysa kay nancy binay hontiverus dahil mas expose cya sa media. At graduate din maman syas UST. kaya nya supalpalin mga negatibong anti. Bakit si lito lapid jinggoy bong revilla. Mas hamak namang proffessional si Mocga kay bong lito estrada na mga artistang mga unggoy at illitirate. Nag artista lang din at naging bida at kontrabida.
In a separate status, Doctolero labeled some DDS “toxic” as they have been cursing her through private messages. She clarified that she’s a supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, however, she refuses to be a “blind supporter” that stays silent whenever there’s something wrong.
Toxic nga pala talaga ang ibang DDS ano? May masabi ka lang puna sa pangulo o kay Mocha, mumurahin ka na sa pm hahaha.
Lilinawin ko ha.
I remain a supporter of the President and this government. Ipinagmanalaki ko ang mga accomplishments ni PRRD at ginagawa ko iyon sa pamamagitan ng pagpopost ng magagandang balitang ito sa aking fb at twitter page. Dahil ang tagumpay ng pangulo ay malaking tagumpay para sa ating bansa di ba
Yun nga lang, ayaw ko na maging blind supporter na mananahimik kapag may nagawa o nasabing mali ang pangulo. Kaya kapag may mali, pupunahin ko rin. At gagawin ko ito kasi ito ang mando natin bilang mamamayan ng isang demokrasyang bansa. Ang maging kritikal, mapanuri chenes sa abot ng aking kaalaman at kakayahan haha.
She also said that she still defends Uson against sexist comments but believes that she’s not yet ready to be a senator as she still lacks knowledge, experience, and maturity.
And Mocha? Ipagtatanggol ko pa rin siya sa mga bigot at sexist (nakikipag away nga ako for her lalo nat sobrang mean at cruel na ng iba sa kanya) pero naniniwala rin ako na di pa siya ready maging senador. Sa palagay ko, kulang pa siya sa kaalaman, eksperyensa, maturity. Marami na ngang walang silbing nakaupo, dadagdagan pa ba?
Opinyon ko ito and if you do not share my opinion then stop following me. Kaysa inisin mo ang sarili mo sa pagbabasa ng mga post ko Hahaha.
Doctolero also posted about Special Assistant to the President Bong Go‘s statement that President Duterte joined the lotto craze.
Dear My beloved DDS, 👅
Hindi ko sinabing bawal tumaya ng lotto ang pangulo. By all means, tumaya siya, wala akong pake. BUT! Sana huwag nang ipublished at ipangalandakan pa ni Sap Go.
Nagbibigay kasi ito ng image na pwedeng interpret sa dalawang paraan:
“Wow! Masang masa talaga ang pangulo! Tumataya din siya gaya ko!”
O kaya, at ang masama, ay eto:
“Weh. Mayaman na nga, Presidente na, maghaharimunan pa sa lotto?!”
Kung nangyari ito noong campaign period, noong sobrang popular pa ang pangulo e Swak ang imaging (image-ing) na ito. Promding nangangarap maging Presidente. Nangangarap ding manalo sa lotto to support his candidacy. Perfect! Ganda! Kagat ng masa. Aprub!
E kaso tapos na ang honeymoon period.
Nasa 70 o 65 na yata ang ratings ng pangulo. It’s not bad, yes, good pa rin. Pero hindi na ganun kataas. Kumbaga sa boksingero, may mga tama na, konti na lang mga suntok, pwede pang bumagsak. Gusto ba natin ito ha!??
So kailangang mag ingat sa “imaging” ng pangulo. Di pwede, bara bara pa rin.
She said that the image of the President betting in the lotto is “greedy” not because of Duterte himself, but because of the image it shows.
Kaya sa opinyon ko, hindi maganda na makita ang image na tumataya din sa billion lotto draw ang pangulo. Greedy ang dating. Di ko sinabing greedy siya. Magmumukha lang greedy. Magkaiba iyon mga iho, mga katoto. Sa opinyon ko, ayokong maki agaw pa o makipag kumpetensya ang pangulo sa pag asa at pangarap na dala ng lotto sa milyon milyong mahihirap.
Kung ako ang political strategist o image consultant ng pangulo (no, hindi ako nag aapply, di ako interesado sa govt post), ang gusto kong makita ng tao ay ito:
1) isang pangulo na, hindi tataya sa lotto (o kaya pasekreto na lang tumaya, quiet lang), pero pupunta sa pcso on the day ng draw, para maging saksi sa draw, to insure na walang lokohang magaganap sa biggest ever bolahan of the century.
Anong imaging nito? Palalakasin nito ang “protective father” image niya. Di ba? Kakampi ng masa. Nagtataguyod ng pag asa at pangarap ng masa. Ang ganda!
So tatanungin ko ulit kayo, ano ang image na idudulot ng pangulo na tumaya sa lotto, kahit na ang dami nang ibat ibang batikos? Di maganda. Subject sa interpretasyon. Sa puntong ito, di na pwede ang image na subject sa interpretation oy.
Di ako kaaway ha.
Importante sa akin ang pangulo kaya concern ako sa image niya. I want him to finish his full term kaya ko sinasabi ito.
Pero dahil akala ninyo ay tinitira ko ang pangulo kaya di nyo narealize ito. Bahalakayosabuhay nyo. Lol.
TAGS: Bong Go, DDS, Diehard Duterte Supporters, duterte, GMA Network, Mocha Uson, Nancy Binay, president duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte, presidential communications operations office, Risa Hontiveros, rodrigo duterte, Suzette Doctolero, Suzette Doctolero Mocha Uson
Former Presidential Communications Operations Office assistant secretary Mocha Uson just announced that she’s taking part in the 2019 midterm elections!
Uson disclosed the decision on October 8, when she was asked to comment regarding the rumors of her getting fired by President Rodrigo Duterte. She stated that as she thinks that it’s a form of defamation because people thought that she would run, she took it as a challenge.
“Naniniwala po ako na paninira iyan sa pulitika, eh dahil akala nila ako’y tatakbo. Kaya siguro, challenge na lang po sa akin ‘yan na bibigyan ko po ng boses ang ordinaryong Pilipino kaya oo, tatakbo na ako!”
She has also posted about it on her Facebook page.
Hindi po totoo na ako ay sinibak. Kaya kong patunayan yan. Ito ay obvious na paninira ng kalaban sa pulitika dahil ang akala nila ay tatakbo ako sa 2019. Dahil diyan AKO AY TATAKBO NA dahil mapalad pa nga ako na nakakasagot ako sa blog ko pero paano ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino na walang paraan sumagot sa mga fake news ng ilang media. Bibigyan ko kayo ng boses. Salamat
She failed to state the post that she’s eyeing. She was said to be running for the senatorial seat, however, PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III quickly dismissed the rumors that she will be running under the ruling party.
Amidst the rumors of Uson getting fired, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go denied the reports.
Go has also expressed their thankfulness for the time Uson spent as a government official.
“Nirerespeto po namin ang kanyang pagre-resign at nagpapasalamat rin kami kay Asec. Mocha sa kanyang naging serbisyo po sa gobyernong Duterte. Naging good ally po siya.”
After her resignation from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), officials said that the former assistant secretary Mocha Uson should still be held accountable for her previous controversies and acts.
Anakpawis party-list Representative Ariel Casilao said that her resignation should not be a reason for her exemption from any accountability.
“Yung kanyang resignation does not exempt her from any accountability once yung kanyang pag dispose ng kanyang function as assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is within the context and within the legal guidelines of our laws.”
Kabataan party-list Representative Sarah Elago agreed with Casilao saying, “Even as she bails out of the position in the midst of budget deliberations, she should still be held accountable for her anomalous actions during her stint at the PCOO.”
During the hearing regarding PCOO’s proposed budget for 2019, Uson announced her sudden resignation as a “sacrifice” in hopes for the budget’s approval. But Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate said that her resignation is long overdue and that she lacks accountability.
“Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability, and that is what is sorely lacking from her.”
On the other hand, Akbayan party-list Representative Tom Villarin said that the actual reason why Uson resigned is that she doesn’t want to be held accountable.
“Asec. Uson had it coming for her and not blame others for her fate. She’s so contemptuous and full of herself. She doesn’t want to be held accountable, and does respect the office she holds.
“As a public servant she should not be beyond public scrutiny and admonition. Her resignation, though too little and too late, is a whiff of fresh air to a poisoned air we now breathe.”
Ombudsman orders comment.
Ombudsman Samuel Martires revealed that he has directed the erstwhile assistant secretary regarding her pending case with co-host Andrew Olivar. It was filed by the members of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) community after their alleged mocking of the sign language.
Martires said that he has also requested Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar to submit his comment over the controversial video. He added that previous cases against Uson will still proceed despite her resignation.
TAGS: Akbayan, Anakpawis, Andrew Olivar, Ariel Casilao, Bayan Muna, Carlos Zarate, Kabataan, martin andanar, Mocha Uson, presidential communications operations office, Samuel Martires, Sarah Elago, Tom Villarin
Mocha Uson just shook the internet this morning when she announced her resignation from being the Assistant Secretary of Presidential Communications Operations Office.
On October 3, she said that she has resigned but this doesn’t mean that her critics had won. “Ako po ay nagdesisyon na magresign na po. Para po sa mga bumabatikos sa akin, ‘wag po kayong magkakamaling isipin na nagtagumpay kayo.” Following the resignation, she also stated the possibility of her running for the 2019 midterm elections.
This generated countless of memes from the online community, especially from Twitter users. Someone made a hilarious tutorial on how to “vote” Uson in case she proceeds on running for the elections.
Make your mark. Make your vote count. Learn how to vote @MochaUson in #Halalan2019:
Another one shared his short-lived happiness.
Between finding out that Mocha Uson resigned from her position as Communications Assistant Secretary, and finding out she might run for the Senate, I was happy for a grand total of 17 seconds.
This netizen said something so harsh and yet so amusing.
“Mocha Uson has announced her resignation as PCOO Assistant Secretary during the Senate hearing for the office’s budget.”
Rai Sulit’s sarcasm can clearly be felt in his tweet.
Mocha Uson resigns? OMG nooooo I love Mocha Uson kayaaa~!
Like so much, omg. HAHA.. wait AH AHAHAHA!!!
Mica expressed her reactions by using Spongebob memes. What a turn of events!
Me when I found out that Mocha Uson resigns and finding out that she has plans to run in the Senate next year
Zethy predicted that Uson will just surprise everyone when she files for her candidacy.
Marben then suggested that Uson should be banned from literally all positions in the government.
petition for mocha uson to run
away from the senate
Petition to ban Moch Uson from running for ANY government position (ANY means ANY. Kahit BRGY TANOD PA YAN).
A Twitter user gave his own #ThreeWordHorrorStory.
SENATOR MOCHA USON
Lastly, this netizen boldly asked President Rodrigo Duterte about his resignation.
Retweeting this because Mocha Uson resigned. Ikaw Du30 kelan mo balak?
Mocha Uson recently shocked everyone when she resigned from her position at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
The move made people think about the reason behind the sudden turn of events. One question that is commonly asked regarding Uson’s resignation is “will she run in the 2019 senatorial race?”
On a budget hearing at the Senate on Wednesday, October 3, the former assistant secretary said that it will depend on her Facebook followers.
“Let the people decide. Mga kababayan naman natin nasa Facebook na, malalaman natin ‘yung sentimyento nila doon.
“Kung ano po ang mababasa kong comments sa Facebook, kung ano po ang sasabihin ng supporters doon, dun ko titignan.”
Uson added that her resignation was a “sacrifice” for the proposed ₱1 Billion budget for the PCOO for next year to be approved immediately by Congress as many do not approve of her.
“Tila mayroon pong mga kongresista na iniipit ang budget ng PCOO. Ito pong mga makakaliwang kongresista, galit na galit po sa akin.”
“Taon-taon ay sinasabihan ako na huwag punahin ang ilang mga mababatas para hindi ipitin ang budget ng PCOO. Nakakagalit man ngunit ganyan ang sistema natin sa kasalukuyan. Bulok man ngunit ito kelangang sundin.
At dahil dyan, ako na ang magsasakripisyo para maipasa na ang budget ng PCOO. Ako ay nagdesisyon nang magresign.”
She also gave a message to her critics, saying that they haven’t won yet.
“Para sa mga bumabatikos sa akin, huwag kayong magkakamaling isipin na nagtagumay kayo. Hindi ako nagbitiw sa position dahil takot akong harapin kayo. Gusto ko lang na pag nagkaharap tayo patas ang laban.”
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. warned all the critics of former PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on Wednesday, October 3.
After Uson has announced her resignation in a Senate hearing, she warned all her critics not to think that they had won. She vowed to get back at them.
Roque then said that he wishes Uson all the best and he will miss her. He added that Mocha critics should get ready as the former ASec said that she will still continue her advocacy.
“I wish her the best. I will miss her but she did make it clear na ipagpapatuloy po niya ang advocacy, lagot po silang lahat kay Mocha Uson.
“I wish the office well. We’re hoping that things happen for a reason and we’re hoping that the PCOO will continue with its mandate of communicating the good news from the Palace to the rest of the country.”
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar also wished Uson well.
“Mocha is still a diehard Duterte supporter and I am one with her in that aspect. I wish her well.”
Uson said that her resignation will serve as a sacrifice in hopes of the approval of the proposed ₱1 Billion 2019 budget for the PCOO. It is pending approval from Congress which she blamed as composed of “leftist” lawmakers that have issues against her resulting in the delay of the budget’s approval.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has suggested the reestablishment of the Office of the Press Secretary in lieu of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to streamline the operations of the government’s messaging arm.
Sotto has made the proposition during the Senate hearing on Wednesday, October 3, regarding the PCOO’s proposed ₱1 Billion budget for 2019.
“With the budget being discussed, now is the best time to review the possibility of turning it back into Office of Press Secretary to streamline its operations.
“Mas maganda kung gawing Office of the Press Secretary tutal si Martin Andanar was confirmed in the Commission on Appointments actually as press secretary.”
Sotto said the the PCOO’s budget will then be reallocated to the Office of the Press Secretary.
“‘Yung budget, magiging intact ‘yun. Maaaring mabawasan, maaaring madagdagan, depende sa usapan, depende sa mga debate, depende sa justification ng gastos nila. But the important thing is that they can streamline.”
He added that President Rodrigo Duterte has already been informed about it and “is receptive to the idea.”
Presidential Spokesperson Roque complimented the idea of the Senate President but stressed that Duterte is the only one who has the power to make a decision regarding the matter.
“That will really have to be a decision to be made also by the President because the creation of the PCOO is by reason of an executive order, [the] power of the president to reorganize the bureaucracy. It’s up to the President.”
This is in line with Mocha Uson‘s sudden announcement of resignation from her position as the Assistant Secretary of the government arm.
The PCOO was established in 2010 by former President Benigno Aquino III through Executive Order No. 4. It also created the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO).
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