Mocha Uson appointed deputy administrator of OWWA

MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 2:14 pm) – President Rodrigo Duterte has been appointed deputy administrator of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson, according to a released list of presidential appointees dated September 26th.

That is why Article IX Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution forbids the government of appointing lost candidates for one year:

“No candidate who has lost in any election shall, within one year after such election, be appointed to any office in the Government or any Government-owned or controlled corporations or in any of their subsidiaries.”

Uson was nominated for the AA Partners party-list in the recent 2019 midterm elections in May, which was held almost five months ago.

However, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez clarified that the one-year ban does not cover party-lists.

Prior to being assigned to OWWA, which is an agency under the Department of Labor and Employment, he served first as the assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

In 2017, Mocha became a member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

An avid supporter of president Duterte, Uson first became known for his dancing and appearing in some outrageous videos.

“You know, I don’t think so. I’m happy to volunteer now, so we just keep going,” Uson said.

Appointment costs

Meanwhile, such an appointment has led to a variety of negative reactions.

The media and arts alliance LODI, or Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity, maintains that its position is against the Constitution.

They also used the provisions of Article IX Section 6 of the Constitution as a basis for their position.

“Even with a position in the local government, Uson cannot be placed without violating the Local Government Code,” according to a statement released Monday.

“Uson did not qualify as a PCOO assistant secretary, nor did he qualify for the position of soliciting the full trust of OFWs in handling their money.”

The group added that misinformation and “hate-filled rhetoric” within the OWWA have no place.

Uson has long been suspicious of spreading misinformation.

Not only is the OWWA fund at risk, but also the lives of the OFWs, said the steering committee of LODI.

“We have seen Uson liaise with the former [Department of Foreign Affairs] consultant on the release and monetization of the OFW rescue video in 2018 that has endowed thousands of Filipinos in Kuwait.”

17th of September let ‘s Uson is no intention to be part of the president’s Cabinet.

“You know, I don’t think so. I’m happy to volunteer now, so we just keep going,” Uson said.