Nene Pimentel says Mocha should stay away from federalism campaign

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 21 2018 12:43 PM | Updated as of Sep 21 2018 02:05 PM

MANILA - Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. on Friday said Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson must stay away from the federalism campaign, after the controversial official drew flak over her “pepedederalismo” video.

Pimentel, a member of the Palace-backed consultative committee tasked to draft the federal charter, said Uson should just “stay in the entertainment scene.”

“Si Assistant Secretary Mocha dapat siguro nandoon siya sa entertainment lang. Huwag na siya sasali sa isyu na hindi niya naiintindihan,” he told reporters.

Pimentel said Uson’s acts showed that time and government funds were wasted.

Former Supreme Court nominee and ConCom Member Atty. Rodolfo Robles said Uson’s approach to promoting federalism was not suited for the seriousness of the topic.

“Medyo mababa ng konti, pero meron din naman good side na pinag uusapan. Ayoko na timbangin, pareho may good, bad,” Robles said.

“Huwag na siya sumali sa isyu na hindi niya naiintindihan.”

Uson's video, which shows blogger Drew Olivar cheering for federalism using references to female body parts while doing a lewd dance, drew widespread flak from lawmakers, members of the consultative committee that drafted the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution, and social media users.

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, still defended Uson, saying the latter was merely expressing freedom of expression.