Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday defended Assistant Secretary for Social Media Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson from her critics, who say that she must lean how to draw the line between her blogging and her work as a public official.
In an interview with DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan program with Cesar Chavez, Andanar, head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), said Uson isn’t different from the rest of more than a million government employees and officials, who also have their own social media accounts.
And while these employees and officials are not as popular as Uson, they too, like her, are active in social networking sites, according to the PCOO chief.
“Now this is what I believe. This where I stand right now…Ang Pilipinas ay mayroon 1.3 million civil servants, ‘andayan ‘yong mga ordinaryo, nandyan ‘yong mga mayor, ‘yong mga konsehal, may congressman, may senador, may presidente,” said Andanar.
“Halos lahat ‘yan may social media account. At halos lahat d’yan ay nagko-comment din sa kanilang social media account. Now, anong pinagkaiba ni Mocha sa 1.3 million?
According to Andanar, Uson’s “only sin” is being “too popular” in social media. Thus, unlike other public officials, she is constantly under public scrutiny.
“Ang kasalanan lang ni Mocha ay mayroon siyang five million followers. Masyado s’yang sikat,” said the PCOO chief.
Andanar said that if Uson’s critics want her to stop engaging in social media, they might as well urge other public servants to do the same.
“Now, kung aalisin mo ang kanyang karapatan na mag-blog at aalisin mo ang kanyang karapatan do’n sa tinatawag na freedom of expression, eh di alisin mo na rin ang karapatan do’n sa freedom of expression ng lahat ng 1.3 million civil servants, isara mo na rin ang kanilang Facebook page, para all for one, one for all,” he said.