TO ensure the plenary passage of next year’s budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson should face her critics and answer questions at the House of Representatives about her controversial performance as public official.
“Uson has no one else to blame except herself for the delay of the deliberations of the PCOO budget,” Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list Rep. France Castro who along with Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate moved to suspend the plenary consideration of PCOO’s budget last Tuesday due to Uson’s absence.
“Kailangan niyang sagutin ang maraming tanong ‘di lang ng mga kongresista, higit pa ang mga tanong ng mga Pilipino—ukol sa pananagutan ng PCOO at ni Uson mismo for multiple blunders and deliberate misinformation; for malicious attacks on children, the Lumad, women, persons with disability, progressives, and critics of government; and for the spreading of fake news and the rise of troll armies which have come to be the norm since this administration,” Castro explained.
Castro said Uson, who was abroad last Tuesday, pointed out that “exacting accountability over officials’ use of public funds and behavior is not pamumulitika as ASec Uson misrepresents it.”
“By demanding her presence and explanations during budget deliberations, we as representatives of the people merely seek to implement the laws especially those pertaining to her office,” said Castro who earlier hit Uson’s absence last September 6 during the PCOO’s budget hearing by the House Committee on Appropriations chaired by Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles.
PCOO is requesting a P1.474-billion outlay under the 2019 P3.757-trillion national budget, which is higher by P39.434 million compared this year.
According to Paranaque City Rep. Eric Olivarez, the sponsor of the PCOO budget, Uson “is currently out of the country.”
PCOO officials led by Secretary Martin Andanar, along with the undersecretaries, all attended the plenary deliberations last Tuesday.