Celebs on Mocha's federalism video: 'We pay people like them for this?'
MANILA, Philippines – A number of celebrities criticized Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary and former entertainer Mocha Uson for a lewd jingle-and-dance video meant to explain and promote federalism.
Uson on Friday, August 4, met with the Presidential Consulative Committee to formalize her role in a planned information campaign.
Before that, however, on August 2, Uson streamed live on her Facebook page a video of her and blogger Drew Olivar hosting a supposed "game show about federalism." An excerpt of the video was later posted on the satire Facebook page Malacanang Events and Catering Services, showing Olivar dancing and singing, "I-pepe...i-dede...i-pederalismo" while gesturing to his crotch and chest areas. "Pepe" and "dede" are colloquial terms for vagina and breasts.
The shift to a federal system of government is among President Rodrigo Duterte's key campaign promises.
A number of celebrities took to social media to criticize how Uson and Olivar presented a serious and complicated issue. (READ: Why don't you just say sorry, Mocha?)
Actress Chai Fonacier – who appeared in films such as Patay na Si Hesus, Respeto, and Bulalacao – tweeted: "Mocha Uson knows that we know that she knows that she knows nothing and that she's there for money. Wag na tayong maglokohan. (Let's not kid around.)"
Mocha Uson knows that we know that she knows that she knows nothing and that she's there for money. Wag na tayong maglokohan.— Chai Fonacier (@rrrabidcat) August 5, 2018
Actress Agot Isidro, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, said: "Ikaka-proud mo talaga ito, Asec? Matanong ko lang. Wala namang babuyan. Isaayos ang trabaho para may kaunting credibilidad.' (You're really proud of this, Asec? Just asking. Don't mess around. Please do your job right to get some credibility.)
Ikaka-proud mo talaga ito, Asec? Matanong ko lang.— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) August 5, 2018
Wala namang babuyan. Isaayos ang trabaho para may kaunting credibilidad. https://t.co/Pe3NWh27wi
Jim Paredes simply said: "We pay people like them for this? Grabe na to (This is way too bad)."
We pay people like them for this? Grabe na to. https://t.co/5oY3PvgF9w— Jim (@Jimparedes) August 5, 2018
Bar Boys and Liway director Kip Oebanda did not hide his disappointment.
The guy singing "pepe" and "dede" while touching his genitals and chest in the Mocha Uson vid is asking: "ganyan ba talaga kadumi ang utak niyo?"— Kip Oebanda (@kipoebanda) August 6, 2018
Yeah. Communications ang function ninyo hindi niyo alam that's the message you are sending? Ang laki ng budget niyo, di ba?
Mo Twister, meanwhile, reacted to Drew Olivar's dance.
Drew Olivar’s face is so tangina.— Mo Twister (@djmotwister) August 6, 2018
Ethel Booba tweeted: "Pa-refund po noong 90M budget. Charot!
Even Malacañang officials expressed disappointment over the video. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, according to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, was not happy with the controversy over the video. Andanar, as communications secretary, is Uson's immediate superior.
Andanar said he scolded Consultative Committee (Con-Com) spokesman Ding Generoso for not talking to him about Uson's role in the federalism push. (READ: Andanar blames Con-Com spokesman for Mocha Uson fiasco)
Uson has defended herself, saying no public funds were used in making the video. She clarified that the video was filmed before she had a dialogue with the Con-Com. – Rappler.com