PIA chief tells Mocha Uson to go on leave

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 7) — The head of the government's information network urged Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson to take a leave, following the controversy stemming from a viral video on federalism.

In a statement, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General Harold Clavite called the incident Uson's "latest blunder," and said an apology from her was "paramount."

"I have served alongside PCOO (Presidential Communications Operations Office) and all its attached agencies under the good leadership of Secretary Martin Andanar, and as far as I'm concerned, Ms. Uson's actions since her appointment have time and again proven to be in poor taste - a display of an utter lack of judgment and have maligned our profession as government communicators," he said on Facebook.

Clavite said his stand defends the integrity and intelligence of government information workers striving to do their jobs properly.

He added he took "great offense" at Uson's actions.

"I can no longer let her obscure and vilify my honest work in helping the President, this government, and this country, as well as the efforts that we have painstakingly and patiently put into place under my leadership in PIA for the past two years," Clavite said.

He also said it was time to hold officials accountable for actions that negatively affect the government.


Uson got into hot water after a video showing her with blogger Drew Olivar, who sang a jingle playing with the word federalism by using racy terms and gesturing towards female private parts — all to Uson's cheering.

Lawmakers and netizens slammed Uson for the video.

Senator Koko Pimentel said he was disappointed "that the best and the brightest appointed to this government can come up with only that kind of bullshit."

However, in an interview with CNN Philippines Chief Correspondent Pia Hontiveros on Monday, Uson downplayed the negative comments and said what mattered was that people were discussing federalism.