‘Fake news queen’: Netizens slam Mocha Uson for playing victim

'Andito ako para suportahan ang hearing na ito dahil ako po ay biktima ng fake news', Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson says at the Senate hearing on fake news

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens took to social media to lambast Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson for claiming she is a “victim of fake news.”

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”:

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.

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