Last Monday, President Duterte visited the Grand Islamic Mosque in Marawi days after it was recovered by government troops from the Maute group that attacked the City.
Together with the President is Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, who is now being criticized due to her social media post showing that she is not wearing hijab, a head covering worn by Muslim women as visible sign of their faith, and for still wearing her boots on upon entering the Mosque.
Lanao del Sur Provincial Peace and Order Council Zia Alonto Adiong, who was also with the President when they visited the Mosque, also denounced her for taking a selfie with her boots on inside the Mosque.
However, Mocha Uson defended herself by posting an edited video from GMA News that was reported by Jessica Soho and calling it as “fake news”.
TINATAWAGAN KO PO NG PANSIN ANG PAMUNUAN NG GMA7Una sa lahat, ako po'y humihingi ng paumanhin sa ating mga kapatid na Muslim na na-offend sa pagsama ko po sa loob ng mosque. Wala po akong intensyon na i-disrespect ang mosque. Sumama po ako sa loob sapagkat kinukuhanan ko po si PRRD sa kanyang pagbisita sa battlezone ng Marawi (panuorin ang video para sa buong paliwanag).Tinatawagan ko ng pansin ang GMA7 sa pekeng balita na inilabas nila kahapon September 12, 2017. Patulong po mga kaDDS na ito ay makarating sa GMA7. Pls share. Ito po ay baluktot na balita ng GMA News
Posted by MOCHA USON BLOG on martes, 12 de septiembre de 2017
The video contains the original video from what actually happened inside the Mosque. She also clarified that she didn’t intend to disrespect the Mosque for she was only filming President Duterte visiting the battle zone in Marawi.
However, Uson apologized to the Muslims for not wearing hijab and for not removing her shoes upon entering the Mosque.
Reported by: Luciell Lazada, Bill Germinal, Janpaul Lacson