Ex-MTRCB board member questions Mocha Uson's appointment

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 05 2017 09:42 PM

A former board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) is questioning the credentials of recently appointed board member, sexy dancer and blogger Margaux "Mocha" Uson.

Former MTRCB board member Leah Navarro took to Twitter to air her reactions over Uson's appointment, saying Uson's work as a blogger does not make her qualified for the appointment.

"Blogging is not a qualification for appointment to the MTRCB. Which industry is she representing? Is she multi-awarded?" Navarro said in a tweet.

In another tweet, Navarro reacted to a report of Uson's appointment and said, "Will soft porn finally be rated PG?"

Navarro also questioned how Uson can be considered "one of the biggest artists" in the country, as mentioned by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

"Biggest? In what way? Maybe her CV [Curriculum Vitae] can be shared by her new manager, Andanar," Navarro said.

Navarro explained that board members of the MTRCB come from various sectors, "mostly from connected industries such as film, broadcast, [and] have impressive CVs."

"The appointment of Mocha Uson to the MTRCB is proof of the low regard of the present administration for public service and good governance," Navarro said in a text message to ABS-CBN News.

Navarro, however, admitted that she does not know much about Uson except that "she has acted in a movie or two, has taken to blogging about subject matter unrelated to the arts and has a column in a broadsheet."

Uson recently became a weekly columnist of the Philippine Star. 

"I don't know if Ms. Uson's widely known views on sex and related topics will be a matter of concern to the present board," she said.

She added that Uson's effectiveness as a board member "remains to be seen," noting the "good mix" of liberal and conservative board members.

A known OPM singer in the 1970s, Navarro is a staunch supporter of former President Benigno Aquino III.

Navarro, who served as an MTRCB board member for six years, left the board when President Rodrigo Duterte was elected in 2016. 

She was previously involved in a Twitter feud over politics with fellow OPM singer Aiza Seguerra, a known supporter of Duterte