- Malacañang Palace pleased with PCOO assistant secretary’s award from UST alumni
- Spokesperson said award validated Uson’s gov’t service, is sure she can defend herself
- Uson shot back at critics, said their bashing is proof freedom of expression still observed in PH
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace took the cudgels for Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson amid the controversy her award from the UST Alumni Association Inc. (USTAAI) has generated; saying it shows that her service in government is being appreciated.
“Well, we are happy for Asec. Uson and I suppose that validates that her appointment was for good reasons. It is the oldest university in Asia after all and to be given this recognition must be, really a source of honor for Asec. Mocha Uson,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told GMA News.
Roque added Uson won’t need further defending from the Palace.
“Well, you know Asec. Mocha Uson can respond to them. The Palace does not have to,” he said.
For her part, Uson said the criticism she is receiving after the Gawad Thomasian Alumni in Government Service award is proof that freedom of expression is alive and well in the country.
“Para naman sa mga bashers sa Twitter, ang patuloy ninyong pangba-bash ay patunay lang na may freedom of expression/speech sa ating bayan,” she said.
[For the bashers on Twitter, your continuous bashing is proof that there is freedom of expression/speech in our country.]
She also thanked the alumni for the award; saying she admires their impartiality despite belonging to different political colors.
“Ako po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa UST Alumni Association. At tulad nga ng sinabi nila tayo po ay patuloy na magsusumikap pagsilbihan pa ang mamamayang Pilipino. Hinahangaan ko po ang inyong hindi pagkiling anoman ang political affiliation ng inyong alumnus,” she said.
[I profusely thank the UST Alumni Association. And like what they’re saying we are continuing to aspire serving the Filipino people. I admire your being impartial regardless of the political affiliation of your alumnus.]