On Thursday, Presidential Communications Group (PCG) Secretary Martin Andanar disclosed that the Office of the President has been requesting the presence of Communications Assitant Secretary Mocha Uson in President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visits.
During the budget hearing of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate asked Andanar the relevance of Uson in joining the Presidential trips, aside from documenting and posting in her social media page.
“‘Yung mga biyahe po ni Presidente na kasama po si Asec. Mocha, siya po ay nire-request ng Office of the President to join the trip,” Andanar said.
Andanar also revealed that Uson’s presence has been constantly requested by other government agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to promote events and projects. Aside from covering the Presidential events, Uson is also in charge of a radio podcast and a program on state-run broadcast networks.
He also clarified that the online show “Tambayan” hosted by Uson is not sponsored by the government. The show had recently drawn flak from netizens following the “Pepedederalismo” dance for the government’s alleged Federalism campaign.