Director General Harold Clavite of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), wants Mocha Uson out of the government information machinery for continuously “tarnishing the image of the government”.
Clavite slammed Uson, an assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO), after she figured in a controversial video on federalism that he said also insulted women and her fellow government workers.
PIA is an agency under the PCOO.
The video has sparked widespread criticisms and calls for Uson to resign. Clavite has urged Uson to apologize to the public and go on leave.
“We have been sitting idly by for too long, and it is about time that someone speaks up and hold (Uson) accountable for repeatedly tarnishing the reputation of our government,” Clarite said in a Facebook post.
Uson, a sexy club dancer, popular blogger and a rabid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, has stirred controversy after controversy for her public pronouncements and Facebook posts since joining PCOO headed by Secretary Martin Andanar.
Uson made the controversial video as she was tapped by government to assist in the information campaign on federalism.
The video of Uson’s “Good Morning Game Show” on Facebook, was spiced up with a federalism dance and jingle routine, performed by blogger Drew Olivar, Uson’s co-host.
The federalism jingle, which carried words that referred to female body parts, is now popularly known as “pepedederalismo”. In local lingo, “pepe” is vagina while “dede” is breast.
The video is “degrading to the women and mothers in our communities”, said Clavite.
“I urge Ms Mocha Uson to take a leave of absence to think and reconfigure all her strategies putting into consideration the code of conduct and ethical standards that all public officials should adhere to,” said Clavite
“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,” said Clavite.
According to Clavite, Uson’s actions and statements since joining PCOO put to waste the seminars and trainings on proper communication of government information conducted by PIA.
“As a public servant and being part of the PCOO family, I take great offense in Ms Uson’s actions, which continuously damage the rectitude of my communication and public information agenda,” said Clavite.
“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,” said Clavite.