Mocha Uson’s appointment as an assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) was a “debt of gratitude,” President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Wednesday, May 10.
“Utang na loob ko ‘yan sa kanila because they offered their services free at the time when wala akong pera beause they beleived in me. Now, it’s my time to believe in them,” Duterte told reporters before flying to Cambodia.
The chief executive defended Uson from her critics, who kept attacking her for being a former sexy dancer.
“It’s a matter of intelect. Eh ‘yung pagsasayaw niya eh hanapbuhay. There’s no law which says that if you expose half of your body with a shorts and a bra, you are disqualified from being the President of the Philippines,” he said.
He said Uson has a very structured mind.
“And you can listen to her. You can debate with her. Tingnan mo ‘yung Facebook and she can have a very structured mind. So what’s the problem,” he said.
Uson became popular in social media for being a staunch supporter of Duterte. But her critics often slammed her for spreading alleged “fake news.”
“Every Filipino should deserve a chance wherever or whatever,” Duterte said.
The President said it was his personal decision to appoint Uson.
“There’s nothing wrong with the woman or the girl. She’s bright. She’s articulate. Ang if it just a matter of dancing, she was not naked dancing,” he added.
Uson was a board member of the Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) before her appointment at the PCOO.