Senator Bam Aquino confronted PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in the Senate committee on public information and mass media hearing on fake news for stating that a lot of mainstream media did not get Mocha Uson’s side before publishing news articles, while she never got the side of others.
“Sa dinami-daming mga blog mo tungkol sa amin dito may isang beses ba na humingi ka ng side namin?” Aquino asked
“In your case never kang humingi ng side ng nilagay mong blog dito. In fact the other day may blog ka sa Senate minority. May isang beses ka bang humingi ng side namin?” he added.
“With all due respect, your honor, hindi po ako journalist… Blogger ako. Hindi ako journalist. (I am a blogger. I am not a journalist) Uson said.
She asserted that her her blog posts were “just her opinions.”
“Yes or no may isang beses ba na humingi ka ng side namin?” Aquino asked again.
Senator Grace Poe, chair of the committee, advised Uson by saying “You can say yes, no or that you refuse to answer but you have to justify why,”
“I refuse to answer,” Uson said.
Aquino asked again “Because? On the grounds of?”
“I have the right to refuse, I have the right to.. I have the right, ano po? I have the right against self-discri-ano.. against self-incrimination. Pasensya na,” Uson said.
“Anong krimen ang tinutukoy mo Asec Mocha? Self-incrimination presupposes may krimen na pinapataw sayo…” Aquino asked.
Uson said she would no longer answer the senator’s questions, saying they were changing the issue.
Senator Miguel Zubiri also came to the defense of Uson as he addressed the committee not to “embarrass” its resource persons.
“I don’t think we should embarrass our resource persons whoever they are…” Zubiri said.
Reported by: Francia Kaye Uyvico and Chloe Anne Bual