Robredo: Mocha's 'pepedederalismo' video doesn't help Duterte

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 10 2018 12:00 AM

The controversial federalism promotion video of Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger Drew Olivar gives a bad impression on President Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo said Thursday.

"Pero ako kasi, 'yung mga taong ganito ano eh, hindi sila nakakatulong kay Pangulong Duterte. Kung yung sadya nila makatulong, lalong di sila nakakatulong," Robredo told reporters in Naga City.

"Binibigyan nila ng masamang impression 'yung Pangulo, kasi sila 'yung mga supporters. Dapat sana sila yung nagdadala ng kagandahang loob. Pag ganito yung ginagamit na paraan, hindi lang si Pangulo yung nababastos pero lahat na ng Pilipino."

Robredo was also disappointed that the video was taken inside a government office and was supervised by a government official.

"'Yung sweldo galing sa taong bayan. So 'yung tanong, yung ganito bang kabastusan ang pino-promote natin bilang mga Pilipino. Kung kinakailangan na mag-intervene tayo para pahintuin yung mga ganito, gagawin natin," she said.

Uson's video, which shows Olivar cheering for federalism using references to female body parts while doing a lewd dance, drew widespread flak from lawmakers, members of the consultative committee that drafted the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution, and social media users.

Duterte, meanwhile, seemed "cool" about the video but stressed that information dissemination on federalism must be done in a serious matter, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. --With a report from Mylce Mella, ABS-CBN News