Mocha explains FB post ‘honest mistake’

May 18, 2020

OVERSEAS Workers Welfare Administration Deputy Administrator Margaux “Mocha” Uson yesterday appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation after she was subpoenaed over allegations linking her to the proliferation of 'fake news.'

But NBI Cyber Crime Division Chief Victor Lorenzo divulged that Uson and her counsel failed to submit an affidavit explaining her side about a Facebook post involving personal protective equipment for frontline health workers.

"Nag-explain siya tapos nagsubmit siya ng dokumento. Yung sequence lang nung events, yung sequence ng photos, sa post tapos saan niya kinuha. Pero wala pa siyang affidavit, mga pictures lang pinakita niya muna,” Lorenzo said.

Interviewed by reporters, Uson apologized for posting a wrong photo of PPEs intended for medical frontliners, saying it was an honest mistake.

"Ang intensyon ko ay iinform ang ating mga kababayan na hindi pinababayaan ng gobyerno ang mga frontliners. Kaya dun sa post ko, gusto ko i-share ang good news na hindi sila pinapabayaan ng gobyerno."

"Nagamit ang photo ng Philippine Star, na isang respetadong broadsheet, yun pala mali din pala ang nagamit nilang  larawan."

"Ang layunin ko ay ishare sa publiko na may ginagawa ang gobyerno para pangalagaan ang frontliners natin. Honest mistake yung sa photo," she said In her Facebook post - which was accompanied by a photo of frontliners in PPEs - Uson claimed that the PPEs were bought by the Department of Health, but it turned out that these were actually donations from SM Foundation.

After getting called out, Uson’s Facebook page then edited its post to feature a different photo and apologized. She also thanked the netizen for calling her attention.