ABS-CBN News has wrongly reported that Mocha Uson will serve as the social media consultant at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), according to the agency. The clarification came shortly after a news article published at the Kapamilya network’s official news site this Thursday morning, August 4, titled “ Mocha Uson Named Customs Consultant.”
“Singer and dancer Mocha Uson, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest supporters, has been tapped as “social media consultant” at the Bureau of Customs, Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said Thursday.” ABS-CBN News wrote on their news report, which is still active as of posting, and has already been shared on social media by unsuspecting netizens.
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The said report also quoted Faeldon telling ABS-CBN that “Uson will not be paid for her services and will not be appointed in an official capacity,” and that the agency considered her millions of Facebook followers as a big help. Mocha Uson, who is also known for being a solid Duterte supporter and defender, currently has 3,904, 908 Facebook followers.
This Wednesday, Mocha Uson uploaded a 14-minute video where she interviewed Commissioner Faeldon at the bureau’s headquarters at the Port of Manila, about the rampant corruption in the BOC. The former Philippine Marine officer noted that he has already warned those suspected corrupt officials and employees in the agency to change.
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Nevertheless, Faeldon said adding that he has asked the stakeholders to directly complain to him on suspected irregularities, and that he is willing to make a total revamp in the agency if necessary. He also confirmed that CCTV cameras will be installed in all BOC offices. However, he emphasized the clean-up will be done legally and with due process.
Meanwhile, Bureau of Customs categorically denied ABS-CBN News news report about Mocha Uson’s appointment in the agency. “Comm. Nicanor Faeldon will not appoint Mocha Uson as BOC Social Media Consultant but she can write articles about BOC on her blog,” BOC (@CustomsPH) tweeted at around 10:40 am this Thursday on the misleading report.
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Likewise, former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner and current Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon also reacted on the supposed appointment of Mocha Uson. “Customs is a highly technical field. Not anybody can just write about it from the outside. Even customs beat media don’t know all aspects,” Biazon (@ruffybiazon) wrote on his tweet a few hours go.
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Credit: Ruffy Biazon Twitter
Apparently, many netizens posted funny tweets about the issue using the hashtag #DutertePleaseAppointMe which became trending in the Philippines. Some of them recommended themselves to be also among President Duterte’s cabinet members. while one of them suggested that Gary Valenciano be the Energy secretary. Below are some of them.
As of posting, Mocha Uson and ABS-CBN News have not yet commented on this controversy. The Kapamilya network was once heavily criticized for allegedly being bias especially during the election campaign. Apparently, many netizens believe that ABS-CBN News had some bias reports against then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.