Be a purveyor of fact as an alternative of propaganda and pretend information, Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday (May 16) suggested to newly-appointed Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Asst. Sec. Mocha Uson.
As she defended Uson from critics, De Lima, nevertheless, urged Uson to take critically the post given to her by President Duterte, “reminding” her not solely the weight of her job however extra importantly the proven fact that her new place was funded by “our tax money.”
“It matters, not just what she says but also how she delivers it. I implore her to be more circumspect about her choice of words and way of saying them. I do not mean that she ought to use sophisticated words. In fact, I do encourage her to speak plainly, plainly but cleanly. Be aware that our children are listening to us. Our future generations are taking their cue from us on how to express and carry themselves,” she mentioned.
A identified rabid Duterte supporter, the senator suggested Uson to “resist the temptation of blindly following your President who may ask you to apply your talent and gift to sow discord or to persecute those who displease him.”
“In other words, I ask you to be a servant of the people because the product of your instrument – the information to disseminate, the thoughts you convey through your mouth, pen or your keyboard – will have an impact on the lives of millions of Filipinos. It may spell the difference between nation-building and nation-destruction,” she mentioned.
“Ms. Uson, it is said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Take care of the instrument, your voice, that you are wielding. Take care not to lace your tongue with the poison of lies, misinformation, misdirection, manipulation or double talk,” De Lima mentioned.
Besides being a [email protected] dancer and chief of the lady group known as Mocha Girls, Uson can also be a blogger with a large following principally recognized as staunch Duterte supporters.
Uson, in accordance with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, can be in charge of social media. The PCOO is sustaining a Facebook web page that airs movies and updates on the actions and phrases of the President.
“I hope that Ms. Uson will prove herself a model of dignity – the dignity of a woman, a public servant – for our people especially the youth of today,” De Lima mentioned.
“I hope that she will be a purveyor of truth, rather than propaganda; of responsibly gathered and vetted facts and news rather than so-called ‘alternative facts’ and fake news,” the senator mentioned underscoring the proven fact that Uson is not only a personal blogger or social media character however now a civil servant.