The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) had nothing to do with the infamous video of Asec. Margaux ‘Mocha’ Uson supposedly explaining about Federalism.
Criticisms once again assailed Uson due to a video of her online show Good News Game Show that has became viral in social media. The video showed the communication assistant secretary’s co-host Drew Olivar chanting “I-pepe” while touching his crotch, and “I-dede” while touching his chest before yelling “I-pederalismo” at the end.
In the Filipino language, ‘pepe’ commonly means the vagina, the female reproductive organ, while ‘dede’ is a local slang for the breast.
According to PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar, the video is shown in a Facebook page not affiliated with their agency, and the controversial cheer is also not the official jingle for the campaign to disseminate information regarding Federalism.
“This was done in a Facebook page na hindi official ng PCOO. Obviously, sila ni Asec. Mocha ang gumawa nito and yung kasama niya. Walang kinalaman ang PCOO dito. Hindi ito PCOO official campaign jingle,” Andanar said during DZRH’s One On One.
“Hindi ito official government stand, unless sila ay talagang official na takapag-salita ng Federalism as approved by the inter-agency na gagawa ng kampanya ng Federalism,” Andanar added.
Previously, Consultative Committee (Con-Com) Ding Generoso announced that they will seek the help of Uson, who has a blog with more than five million followers, to increase awareness regarding the proposal to shift to a Federal form of government.
After being bashed due to the controversial dance, Uson said that the video was shot before she was tapped by the Con-Com and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The Communications official also clarified that she is not the ambassadress and the spokesperson for Federalism.
“Hindi po ako ang spokesperson ng federalism. Hindi po ako ang ambassadress ng federalism. Isa lamang po ako sa mga tutulong para isulong ang kampanya ng federalism sa social media,” Uson said in a video she posted in response to the criticisms.
Meanwhile, Andanar said that the official spokesperson for the information campaign will be chosen by an inter-agency selection committee composed of representatives from the DILG, PCOO, and the Office of the Executive Secretary.
The PCOO head added that Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea insisted that the official spokesperson should be an expert in issues regarding Federalism.
“Ang official spokesperson or talking heads for Federalism will go through the vetting process or selection committee ng inter-agency ng Federalism,” Andanar explained.
“Sinabi naman sa akin ni Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea na ang mahalaga talaga ay yung dalubhasa doon sa topic or yung malalim ang kaalaman doon sa issue ng Federalism ang dapat paikutin sa bansa para ipaliwanag itong Federalism,” Andanar added.