Mocha Uson is at the center of controversy once again after a photo of her conducting a mass gathering made the rounds on social media.
According to reports, Mocha gathered more than 300 OFWs at a quarantine facility in Batangas last April 25.
— Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) April 26, 2020
Mocha even posted a photo on her social media account saying she visited the OFWs who are under 14-day quarantine in Batangas.
Kinumusta rin po natin ang kalagayan ng 322 OFWs natin sa Matabungkay Lian Batangas pic.twitter.com/oUhYOFO66Q
— Mocha Uson Blog (@MochaUson) April 26, 2020
Any mass gatherings are prohibited during the enhanced community quarantine period.
That’s why netizens were furious about this latest blunder from the fake news queen.
— Chai (@PeChai17) April 28, 2020
Mocha will go down in history as the most incompetent, stupid, fake news peddler who does nothing but damage to the reputation of every gov’t agency/institution she is appointed to & a disgrace to the highly qualified & more deserving Filipino’s that are much worthy of our taxes!
— Ryan (@rryyyaaaannnn) April 28, 2020
Can we be consistent & not show our favoritism? Uson, Koko Pimentel, & other gov officials who broke the ECQ rules should be sanctioned & held accountable for their actions. Pinamumunuan tayo ng iisang batas pero parang the gov uses it when it benefits them & their self-interests
— nana (@staybitsmanager) April 28, 2020
Hoy @pnppio @DILGPhilippines gawin nyo trabaho nyo! hulihin at ikulong si @mochauson ngayon na! Pakita nyo na hindi lang mahihirap at may mental health issues kinakaya kaya nyo! https://t.co/vCfRTjarF2
— Tita Pogi (@TitaPogi) April 28, 2020
— Carrie (@purplepoetry88) April 26, 2020
We. Have. Receipts. Andaming tao grabe, saw this footage from FAPS int'l pic.twitter.com/CPwddTik89
— Zeke (@_zekespeak) April 26, 2020
According to the IATF mass gatherings are prohibitedin this time of quarantine. Mocha Uson cannot follow simple regulations. I believe the government will implement the law without fear or favor.👊👊👊
— freeman white (@freeman240) April 27, 2020
Mocha, however, defended herself from the criticism saying she hasn’t violated any ECQ guidelines during the mass gathering with the OFWs.
In a Facebook post, Tuesday, April 27, Mocha said that they followed ECQ rules during the gathering. She also said that they’ve reminded the OFWs to follow all the quarantine guidelines because they received some reports of OFWs staying at the beach which is not allowed under the quarantine rules.
“Amin po silang pinaalalahanan ng mga alituntunin na dapat sundin sa panahon ng ECQ, tulad ng social distancing at hindi paglabas sa kanilang quarantine facilities, dahil may mga nakarating na balita sa aming tanggapan na may mga OFW na nananalagi sa tabing-dagat ng Matabungkay.” Mocha wrote.
Mocha also reiterated that they’ve strictly followed the guidelines set by the IATF, they just want to check on the OFWs welfare during their quarantine period.
Patungkol sa isyu ng "mass gathering" sa Matabungkay, BatangasNoong ika-25 ng Abril 2020, tumungo ang OWWA sa isa sa…
Meanwhile, Malacanang has virtually distanced itself from the issue saying it’s up to the OWWA leadership to decide on Mocha’s fate.
“Ifo-forward ang impormasyon na ito sa OWWA Administrator, siya ang magdedesisyon,” he said in a media briefing,” said Palace spokesman Harry Roque.
This was not the first time that Mocha earned the ire of netizens regarding ECQ violations.
Although she quickly issued an erratum, netizens slammed Mocha for proliferating fake news while it was clearly prohibited under the Bayanihan Heal as One Act.