MANILA, Philippines – Netizens took to social media to lambast Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson for claiming she is a “victim of fake news.”
The Philippines was divided because of Mocha Uson. The queen of fake news and the queen of hatred. https://t.co/BDoYbmYdzQ— elainecedillo (@elainecedillo) October 4, 2017
Mocha Uson, the country’s leading trafficker of fake news and inciter of hate, is now claiming to be a “victim”. What a farce.— Gideon Lasco (@gideonlasco) October 4, 2017
Mocha Uson: Biktima rin po ako ng fake news.— Von Yacob (@heycaloy) October 4, 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest irony of the century.
How can PCOO deal with #FakeNews? Maybe they can start with firing Mocha Uson. She is fake news herself.— Vanie Fontanilla (@vaniefontanilla) October 4, 2017
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Right Mocha Uson, Queen of #FakeNews??— 순셍님 크리스 (@cryslynmayalto) October 4, 2017
Uson, who has been caught spreading inaccurate and wrong information on her Facebook page and blog even after she was given a government post, made the claim during the Senate hearing on fake news on Wednesday, October 4.
“‘Andito ako para suportahan ang hearing na ito dahil ako po ay biktima ng fake news (I am here to support this hearing because I am a victim of fake news),” Uson said in the hearing.
Uson said mainstream media reports on her “appointment” as Customs consultant for social media made rounds on August 2016. She said the reports drew flak from netizens and she was “bashed online.”
‘Peddlers of fake news’
However, some online users were disappointed with the Senate for inviting Uson, Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto, and other supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, suggesting that the resource speakers are “peddlers of fake news”:
DISAPPOINTED with @SenGracePOE. YOU VALIDATED THE PERSONALITIES OF FAKE NEWS PEDDLERS BY INVITING THEM DURING TODAY’S HEARING ON FAKE NEWS— Moses Albiento (@mosesalbiento) October 4, 2017
Senators earlier raised this issue against Uson, with Senator Nancy Binay saying the battle against fake news is difficult because of the dancer turned government official. (READ: Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay)
Meanwhile, other online users noted that Uson is bound by the Code of Ethics for government officials. They also expressed disgust that their taxes are being used to pay for Uson’s salary.
i mourn for the taxes i have to pay para lang may maipasweldo kay mocha uson 🙁— m (@momowni) October 4, 2017
Mocha Uson is an assistant secretary. She is employed by the government. We pay her with our taxes. She is not just a "celebrity."— Jasmine Shewakramani (@jasshewakramani) October 4, 2017
Thanks for the reminder Now everytime I'll look at my payslip, I'll see a "For Mocha" above my taxes. God bless us and the Philippines!— Love Fabros (@lovebidubs) October 4, 2017
"I invoke my right against self-discrimination!" – Mocha Uson— Rui Snail (@ruimanalo) October 4, 2017
– and this is where my taxes go
As the assistant secretary for social media, Uson receives a monthly gross salary of at least P106,454, plus allowances and bonuses.
At least 6 petitions against Uson have been posted on Change.org, all calling for her ouster or for the suspension of her controversial online site. In August, #FireMocha topped local Twitter trends, with netizens saying that “they deserve better” than Uson, who was appointed to government as payment for supporting Duterte’s candidacy.
Here are other reactions to the Senate hearing on fake news:
Hashtags #Mocha and #FakeNews were top trending topics in the Philippines on Wednesday. – Rappler.com