- Presidential spokesperson won’t comment on bloggers’ misquote of Canadian PM
- He said PCOO chief should address the issue as it is within his jurisdiction
- He also said he is now letting Palace staff handle his social media accounts
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque took a hands-off approach over Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson’s latest slip-up; saying his office has no jurisdiction to address the issue.
“I am a completely separate department. And I trust that PCOO (Presidential Communications Operations Office) will address this matter if at all,” Rappler quoted him as saying. “I think it is better left to the PCOO to address. I will not take on additional job than is necessary for my office.”
Roque was referring to Uson’s dissemination of an infographic misquoting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statements regarding the garbage his country shipped to the Philippines.
The infographic, which was posted by RJ Nieto of ThinkingPinoy and later shared by Uson on her blog, quoted Trudeau as saying it was “theoretically impossible” for Canada to bring back its trash.
It also cited the Manila Times as the source of Trudeau’s statement.
However, official transcripts and other news outlets showed that Trudeau actually said “possible” instead of “impossible”.
For his part, Roque said it is up to Uson’s boss Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, to look into the matter.
“I would rather leave comments on that to Secretary Martin Andanar whose office has jurisdiction over Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson,” he said.
The presidential spokesperson added he has now relegated the maintenance of his social media accounts to a Palace staff member as he already has his hands full being President Rodrigo Duterte’s mouthpiece.
“I do feel a bit melancholic since I have always personally handled my social media accounts. But since I ceased to have my own identity when I became the president’s spokesperson, I do understand the limitations now,” he said.
Video of Trudeau’s statement: