Duterte on Mocha: Some things went overboard

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 03 2018 06:54 AM | Updated as of Sep 03 2018 07:41 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates Margaux "Mocha" Uson after her appointment to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), January 9, 2017. Robinson Ninal, Malacanang Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that “some things went overboard” involving Palace communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson, but he defended the controversial sexy star-turned-government official over her actions.

Calls mounted for Duterte to fire Mocha after the latter posted the controversial video featuring the jingle “pepedederalismo” - a play on the term federalism - on her Facebook page.

The controversial video irked even the President’s allies.

The President acknowledged that “some things went overboard,” but he said the public must respect Uson’s freedom of expression.

“Si Mocha maraming kalaban… There are things na tingin ko medyo nasobrahan. But just the same, as a president who is sworn to take the constitution and enforce it, it is covered by freedom of expression,” Duterte said in a a speech before the Filipino community in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday evening (Israel time).

“Kung ano ang gusto n'yang sabihin, ke empleyado siya ng opisina ko o sa labas as a private citizen, that is not really my concern as long as it is covered sa proviso ng constitution: freedom of expression.”

Uson was among the personalities who campaigned for Duterte, a long-time Davao City mayor, during the 2016 presidential elections.

Duterte has not made secret that his appointment of Uson was his way of giving back for the latter’s help.