Mocha Uson at NBI office to explain pandemic 'fake news'


Posted at May 18 2020 11:15 AM | Updated as of May 18 2020 11:56 AM

MANILA - Controversial official Mocha Uson on Monday appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation, which summoned her for sharing misleading information on the coronavirus pandemic. 

Uson, deputy administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, posted on Facebook last month photos of safety gear that the government supposedly purchased. 

She replaced the images within minutes after social media users pointed out that these included photos from a private foundation. 

Those spreading false information about the pandemic could face a 2-month jail sentence or a ₱10,000 to ₱1-million fine under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act that grants President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to arrest the respiratory disease's spread. 

Uson showed up at the NBI office wearing shades and a face mask. 

More details to follow. 

With reports from Niko Baua and Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News