Amid the controversial Federalism jingle that has been circulating the social media recently, the usually mild-mannered senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III angrily issued a statement to Mocha Uson to refrain from meddling with the Federalism campaign since she is ruining the campaign rather than helping it.
The senator further explained that he thought that having the Communications Assistant Secretary would be a big help in the campaign to explain Federalism to the public, but it turned out to be the opposite.
“Ako ay nagkamali! Akala ko makakatulong si Mocha sa pagpapaliwanag tungkol sa Pederalismo,” Pimentel told reporters.
“Kasi naman ang pagka intindi ko ay hindi naman siya ang in-charge kundi isang tao na mas meron otoridad at kaalaman sa Pederalismo tulad ng mga miyembro ng consultative committee,” he added.
The trending Federalism jingle posted by the Mocha Uson was criticized for tarnishing the cause of the Federalism campaign, and she was urged by the senator to keep away from the campaign and study the issue first. The senator even suggested Uson to take a leave of absence to know more about Federalism.
“Di ko lubos akalain na bababuyin pala nila ang kawsa ng Pederalismo. Ilayo na si Mocha sa Pederalismo. Mag-aral muna siya ng mabuti. Mag leave muna siya,” Pimentel said.
Here is an excerpt of the video posted by Mocha Uson, showing the “alleged” Federalism jingle:
Mocha answers back
In response to the accusation hurled against her, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson posted a video explaining her side of the story. She said that the video she posted was shot before she was tasked to help in the Federalism campaign.
She said that the said video was not created as a jingle for Federalism but is a part of her regular show with fellow blogger Drew Olivar, and was for entertainment purposes only.
She also reiterated that there was no budget given to her in her involvement in the Federalism campaign.