Mocha Uson to resign if Trillanes wins libel case
MANILA, Philippines – Just like the President she defends, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson responded to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's plan to sue her for libel by making a dare.
If Trillanes wins the libel case, she will resign from her post. But if he loses, he should resign.
"Ituloy mo ang kaso, hinahamon kita, at kung mananalo ka, magre-resign ako. Ngunit kung matalo ka, ikaw ang mag-resign," said Uson in a video posted on her Facebook account on Tuesday, September 12.
(Push through with the case, I challenge you, and if you win, I will resign. But if you lose, you resign.)
If that sounds familiar, it is because President Rodrigo Duterte has also made similar dares to Trillanes.
During the 2016 campaign period, when Trillanes first made claims about Duterte's supposed unexplained wealth, the then-Davao City mayor vowed to drop out of the presidential race if the senator's claims were proven to be true. But if not, it should be Trillanes who should let go of his vice-presidential bid.
But Uson added to her dare by saying if Trillanes ends up not filing a libel case against her, that would prove he is a coward. She ended her message with a curse word, bleeped out of the video.
"Kung hindi mo itutuloy ang kaso, ibig lang sabihin wala kang [bayag]," she said. (If you don't push through with the case, that would mean you have no balls.)
Uson also asked Trillanes to "google" the words "alleged" and "allegedly," apparently to point out that she used these words when she posted details of supposed offshore accounts being linked to Trillanes on her Facebook page.
Trillanes announced on Monday, September 11, that he plans to file libel charges against Uson, radio commentator Erwin Tulfo, and a journalist allegedly behind a propaganda website.
The opposition senator claimed these 3 are responsible for spreading fake news about his supposed offshore bank accounts, as alleged by the President. (READ: Malacañang confident Duterte has 'substantial' evidence vs Trillanes) – Rappler.com