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Oct 4, 2017
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Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has finally attended the Senate hearing on fake news after she skipped its first session last month.

The Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media held the inquiry to further address growing concerns over the rampant spread of misinformation, particularly on social media.

Needless to say, Uson was grilled by the senators, who took turns questioning her recent posts on her online blog that have stirred various controversies. Below are some of the hearing’s highlights.


'I'm also a victim of fake news'

Uson insisted that she attended the hearing because she was a victim herself. She recalled some incidents when she allegedly became the subject of bogus news items published by mainstream media that resulted in her being bashed online.

Mocha meets Trillanes

It’s no secret that Uson and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV share a genuine dislike for each other and that’s to put it mildly. Just last week, Trillanes filed cases against Uson over alleged fake news items on her blog.

During the hearing, the two government officials who stand at opposing sides of the Duterte administration traded a few pleasantries. “Actually, wala na sana akong planong um-attend dito kaso na-miss daw ako ni Miss Mocha,” Trillanes said in jest.

Uson’s reply? “Ang guwapo niyo pala senator sa personal,” she said, adding, “Hindi po fake news yun, sir.”

Both Trillanes and Uson also temporarily set aside their differences as they posed together for a photo when the latter requested for one with the senator.

BFF Nancy's unsolicited advice

Last month, the public found an unlikely ally in Sen. Nancy Binay when she directly called out Uson for spreading false information. This time around, Binay scored another round on Mocha by giving the latter some unsolicited advice regarding her conflicting duties as a government official while still being a political blogger.

Bam slams Mocha 

Senator Bam Aquino, who happens to be a regular target of Uson’s aggressive online posts finally got to confront his vocal critic. Aquino questioned Mocha about her unfair practices but pretty much got dodged by self-proclaimed “non-journalist,” who reasoned out that she was a blogger and wasn’t bound by the values of journalism.

Mocha asserts right to 'self-discrimination'

Once again, Aquino made Uson stutter when she was cornered into answering the question with either yes or no. At this point, Uson seemed so focused on not giving Aquino ground that she gave a supposed alternative to her right against self-incrimination.

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