Mocha Uson to play journalist in drug-themed movie

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 28) — Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson will soon be back on the movie screen.

Uson will play the role of a journalist in the upcoming movie "Kaibigan," which is about the negative effects of illegal drugs and other vices to a person and a family.

"Kwento ito ng isang anak na napariwara dahil sa wala yung mga magulang niya. Hindi nababantayan ng magulang kaya naimpluwensyahan yung anak ng masasamang bisyo tulad ng iligal na droga, alcohol at masasamang barkada," she told CNN Philippines.

(Translation: It's a story of someone who lost path in life due to lack of guidance from his parents. That's why he was influenced by vices like illegal drugs, alcohol, and bad peers.)

The film comes amid President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial anti-drug campaign.

Uson said this is pro-bono work, which she accepted in hopes of spreading positivity.

In portraying the role, the Assistant Secretary said she would just do what she has been doing on social media--"bringing the good news."

"I would be myself kasi ganun naman ginagawa ko sa (because that's what I'm doing on) social media, bringing the good news," she stressed.

"Ang sa akin kasi kung ano yung magbibigay ng positibo, ng good news dito sa bansa natin, susuportahan natin kasi ang mga Pilipino uhaw yan sa good news kaya nga nakatutok yan sa social media and kung maganda naman, positibo naman yung movie, inspirational, eh susuportahan natin," she added.

(Translation: I will support whatever brings positivity and good news to the country because Filipinos are thirsty for good news. That's why they're always on social media. If the movie is positive and inspirational, we will support it.)

Uson, a staunch supporter of Duterte, has been drawing ire for purportedly spreading fake news. She had previously criticized mainstream media and even called some journalists "presstitute"--a play on the words "press" and "prostitute"--for their alleged biased reports.

Now that she's taking the role of a journalist, Uson insisted that she has huge respect for media practitioners.

"Malaki ang respeto ko sa mga reporter, journalist dahil hindi madali yung kanilang trabaho even yung mga cameraman na malalaking camera ang dala kaya para sa akin magandang role ito na maging journalist sa isang pelikula," she said.

(Translation: I have a huge respect for reporters or journalists because their job is not easy. Even the cameramen, they carry big cameras, that's why I think it's a good role to play.)

Uson had previously appeared in several films, including Star Cinema's "Four Sisters and A Wedding," where she portrayed a cameo role of a woman caught making out with one of the main characters' boyfriend.

Joining the cast are Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin, Jean Garcia and Cesar Montano, who will also direct the movie.

The film will hit theaters in September.

CNN Philippines' Robert Vergara and Triciah Terada contributed to this report.