Duterte: I did not fire Mocha

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 10 2018 03:15 PM

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/File

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said he did not fire Mocha, debunking a report claiming that the chief executive gave the controversial former Palace communications official the boot.

Uson posted a video on Tuesday of her interview with Duterte on her Facebook page, where the President denied firing her.

“No. You resigned. I never fired Mocha. Siya yung nag-resign,” Duterte said.

Uson resigned last week to aid the passage of her agency's budget, but warned critics that her fight was not yet over.

Uson recently drew flak over a video about federalism that featured dancing and another clip that courted protests from the deaf community.

But the President said despite the “heavy criticisms” against Uson, “I supported her. Freedom of expression iyan.”

Uson is set to run in the 2019 elections, although she has yet to determine whether she will run for Senate or a local post.

The controversial personality said she will run as an independent candidate, after Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling PDP-Laban party, said Uson will not be included in the party’s lineup.

“I will support you,” Duterte said of Uson’s election plan.