MANILA - The co-host of Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson has defended his actions, saying there was no malice in his now controversial video that sought to explain federalism.
In a video he posted on Facebook, Drew Olivar said it was critics who put malice on his cheer and dance moves. He also slammed bashers for noticing only his dance when they also tried to explain federalism.
"Bakit, anong masama doon? Kayo nagbibigay na parang pekpek daw tas dede. Kayo ang makukuwan mga pag-iisip. Andudumi ng mga pag-iisip ninyo," he said in the social media video, addressing his critics.
(What's wrong with that? Viewers likened it to vagina and breasts. You have malicious minds.)
"Ang dami-daming trivia doon sa video, ang dami-daming magagandang nasabi about sa pederalismo. Pero bakit 'yan lang ang inyong napansin? Bakit itong sayaw-sayaw lang na ito? Naiingit lang kayo," he added.
(There were lots of trivia there. We mentioned many good things about federalism. Why do you remember only the dance? You're just envious.)
In a separate video posted on Sunday, Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson said the game show video, where Olivar danced and cheered "Ipepe, ipepe. Idede, idede. Ipede, pede, pede, pederalismo," was shot way before any member of the committee talked to her.
"Bago pa po ako pormal na kausapin ng representante ng ConCom at ng Communications Group ng DILG patungkol sa federalism ay nai-shoot na namin itong video na ito, at matagal na naming ginagawa ang online game show na ito," she said.
Uson said she is not part of the information drive of the consultative committee on charter change.
The consultative committee's spokesperson Ding Generoso had said that Uson can be boost to information dissemination on federalism if she writes about it on her newspaper column or online blog, considering her wide reach on social media.
"Hindi po ako ang spokesperson ng federalism. Hindi po ako ang ambassadress ng federalism. Isa lamang po ako sa mga tutulong para isulong ang kampanya ng federalism sa social media," Uson clarified.
Uson clarified that no public funds were used in making the video, and that Olivar was not paid for his cheer and dance. Uson also stressed that she is neither spokesperson nor ambassador of federalism.
The video on Uson's page, where Olivar made references to female body parts to cheer for federalism, drew flak not just from social media users but also from lawmakers and even a member of the consultative committee.