But Customs bureau denies Faeldon's statement to ABS-CBN
MANILA – (2nd UPDATE) Singer and dancer Mocha Uson, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest supporters, has been tapped as “social media consultant” at the Bureau of Customs, Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said Thursday.
Faeldon, a former military rebel tasked by Duterte to reform one of the most corrupt agencies in the bureaucracy, said he hoped to tap Uson's Facebook page, with nearly four million followers, for public information campaigns.
Uson will not be paid for her services and will not be appointed in an official capacity, Faeldon told ABS-CBN News by phone.
But a tweet from the Bureau of Customs Twitter account, which was posted around the same time as the telephone interview, said Faeldon "will not appoint Mocha Uson as BOC Social Media Consultant but she can write articles about BOC on her blog."
Faeldon was not immediately available for clarification.
“We’re looking at the millions of followers she has. We need the support of everyone in our reform agenda,” Faeldon told ABS-CBN News.
“Her blog is active. I’m sure she can help. Wala siyang bayad. She is willing to help in the name of public service,” he said.
In a separate text message before the phone interview, Faeldon said Uson "will be BOC social media consultant."
Uson runs a Facebook page, which has nearly four million likes, where she regularly engages the President’s supporters, and at one time, interviewed Duterte himself.
Uson posted an interview with Faeldon on Wednesday, wherein the former Marine discussed his plans to rid the agency of corruption.
“Kaming mga ka ka DDS mga Die-Hard Duterte Supporters, ipinapangako po namin sa inyo na 100 percent din ang suporta namin sa inyo dahil napakalaki ng inyong resposibilidad," she told Faeldon.