- Mocha Uson posted a controversial federalism video on her blog
- Officials want Uson removed from PCOO
- PCOO issued a memo reminding officials to be “more mindful” of their social media posts
Nine officials from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) asked President Rodrigo Duterte to ax Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson from her post, after the controversial “racy video on federalism” the latter put on her blog.
The video appears to be an ordinary federalism jingle performed by a pro-Duterte blogger but the part where the performer gestured to his crotch and chest drew criticisms from lawmakers and ordinary citizens.
GMA News posted that the officials’ letter has been recently sent to the offices of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go.
The letter apparently states Uson must be removed from office due to her violation of the Section 4(b) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713), which enjoins government officials and employees to “observe the highest degree of excellence, professionalism, intelligence, and skill” in their work.
Uson refused to give an apology and said she only wanted to help raise awareness on federalism.
According to Rappler, the PCOO issued a memo after the incident; reminding officials to be “more mindful” on their social media posts and to abide by gender-sensitive policies.
Former Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson said she could be held liable for the jingle if there is a public outcry, but it depends on the head of the agency to determine if he saw nothing wrong.
CSC Commissioner Mary Ann Mendoza said there should be a formal complaint from the appointing authority to determine if there is a prima facie case.
Mocha Uson, a popular entertainer who became a blogger, was appointed to the PCOO in May 2017.