- Mocha Uson and Drew Olivar’s supposedly informative gig for charter change caused a ruckus.
- Mocha displeased several government officials including Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
- Uson defended herself that by saying she is not the ambassadress of federalism.
Mocha Uson and Drew Olivar’s video containing a suggestive federalism dance has angered both ordinary citizens and government officials.
In the video posted on Mocha Uson’s Facebook Page on August 2, Olivar was singing “i-pepe” and “i-dede” while pointing to his crotch and chest. This was done during the “Good News Game Show” – a digital show originally meant to create public awareness on the proposed charter change.
Instead of issuing an apology, Mocha defended herself.
“I am not the ambassadress of federalism. I am only one of those who are helping on the campaign to promote federalism on social media.
“Pangalawa, hindi ako ang sumayaw diyan. It was Andrew Olivar.
“Before the representative of the Concom and the communications group of the DILG talked to me about federalism, we already shot this video and we have been doing this for a long time now.”
Uson said that they were not paid to make that video.
“There was no money released on this video or this online game show. No money, no budget, Drew was not paid,” she explained.
Some politicians expressed their disappointment over the viral video. Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said that he did not expect that government appointees could come up with “that kind of bullshit.”
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“I never thought that they would insult the cause of federalism. Take Mocha away from federalism. Let her study first. She should go on leave first,” Pimentel stated.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said “theatrical techniques” will not work in helping people comprehend serious topics such as the proposed shift to federalism.
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said that he was not informed that Mocha Uson had been recruited for the federalism campaign.
“To begin with, there was no agreement in the committee that Medialdea formed about Mocha’s involvement. It was only Concom spokesperson Ding Generoso who announced that,” Andanar said.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea was not pleased when he heard of the controversy.