Mocha Uson not beyond reproach, says Roque

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Posted at Aug 13 2018 12:32 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2018 12:45 PM

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MANILA - Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson will lose her relevance if she continues to ignore public feedback on her work, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday.

Asked if Uson is above reproach, Roque told ANC's Headstart: "She’s not."

"She will pay a very heavy price if she does not control herself, because I think a big chunk of the population have expressed disagreement with what she’s doing and if she continues to ignore these, she will become irrelevant," he told ANC's Headstart.

"If she wants to be equally popular today as she was in the past, then she will attune her communication to what the public wants and needs," he said.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar "better put his foot down and discipline his subordinates," added Roque.

Uson earlier shared to her 5.6 million Facebook followers an episode of a show she hosts with social media personality Drew Olivar, who danced to the words "Ipepe, ipepe. Idede, idede. Ipede, pede, pede, pederalismo!"

The video was criticized by various sectors including lawmakers, and members of the consultative committee that drafted a federal constitution. President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly was not irked after seeing the viral video.

Olivar said there was no malice in the video, which even contained lots of "trivia."

Uson meanwhile said it was shot before any member of the Duterte-backed panel talked to her to aid in their federalism information drive.

She also fired back at senators who criticized her over the video, saying it was them who showed disrespect when they supposedly ignored allegations of cheating during the 2016 elections.