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October 5, 2018

MOCHA’S MILLSTONES

“Di pa tapos ang laban (this fight isn’t over),” that’s the message that former Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson kept repeating to the press after she read her speech at the Senate hearing on the Committee On Finance for the proposed budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for 2019. After holding the P1.41 billion PCOO budget hostage for several days due to Ms. Uson’s absence during the congress deliberation, the budget was eventually passed shortly after Mocha Uson announced her resignation.

“Handa akong lumaban bilang isang ordinaryong Pilipino kasama ng mga walang boses sa lipunan (I am ready to fight as an ordinary Filipino along with those who have no voice in our society)”, she said in her speech. A day later, Ombudsman Samuel Martires directed Ms. Uson and PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar to comment on their pending case filed by the members of the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) community over the video where Ms. Uson and blogger Andrew Olivar was fake-signing, mocking the FSL (Filipino Sign Language) used by the local deaf community.

Seems like the fight isn’t over. Should the cases filed before the Ombudsman regarding grave misconduct prospers (the Pepe-Dede and fake-deaf signing issue), it will bar her from any elective or appointive position. According to Atty. Francis Euston Acero, “Under Ombudsman v. Andutan, because the case began before her resignation, the case continues. If she is found guilty, she has to vacate her position.”

Aside from her political enemies and those that seek to bring down the President, seems like Mocha will be fighting her own battles should she continue to seek an elected position in the government.

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