By RUFFY MAGBANUA
‘Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity’ -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
THERE was a biting bedlam over social media when Andanar’s controversial Communications Asst. Secretary Mocha Uson ran her own kind of campaign on federalism.
Not even the mainstream media was spared by that federalism video blog brewed by Uson and her partner, self-proclaimed blogger Drew Olivar reportedly done during office hours inside Malacanang.
To her critics, it was done in bad taste, but perhaps Mocha’s campaign strategy on federalism was her way of expanding her wings to join the political bandwagon come mid-term senatorial election in May 2019.
Thus the cool response of President Duterte, when asked about Mocha’s entry in the political arena was this: “you might not like Mocha Uson, her ways might not suit your values, but if that guy, or woman, is elected by the people, then you have to honor the choice.”
By now, comments and views on Uson’s stupidity on federalism campaign may have gone viral so with her possible inclusion to the PDP-Laban’s senatorial slate.
Thanks, but no thanks to our penchant of talking politics over cups of instant coffee all year round. And like it or not, we are a crazy lot when it comes to politics, a good antidote to boredom, they say.
In fact, with all its seriousness, Philippine politics has officially become a good copy of the Game of Thrones.
No matter how we see it, or give comments on it, either positive or negative, Philippine politics is as crazy as a mad dog -- a given fact that we cannot outright deny. It has even become our national past time.
This leads us to the notion as to why we have plenty of “square pegs in round holes” in the bureaucracy as well as in our legislative bodies –-- both senators and congressmen whom the people elected not because they are qualified, but because of their immense popularity spawned further by both mainstream and social media, either wittingly, or unwittingly.
When Lito Lapid decided to throw his hat for a seat at the Senate, countless critics had questioned his persona, but he easily won with a large margin over the qualified ones.
When Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao gave his nod to run as senator, people in high places (read: skeptics) raised their eyebrows, but he was so globally popular, he could even won a seat in the United Nations!
And if ever Mocha could make it at the Senate along with Spokesperson Harry Roque, then so be it. This is Philippine politics -- so intriguing, interesting and entertaining—and well, disgusting to the hilt.
For the sake of curiosity, how well do you know Mocha?
During the 2016 presidential election, Uson shed her and the Mocha Girls’ sexy image and rallied behind Duterte.
Mocha, who hails from Pangasinan, is a certified social media blogger with over five million followers.
Accordingly, one of the reasons behind Mocha’s support for Duterte, whom she believes would end criminality in the country, was the failure government to give justice to her father’s death.
Mocha’s father was the late RTC Judge Oscar Uson. Judge Uson was assigned to the local court in Tayug, a 3rd-class municipality in Pangasinan.
Mocha was then taking up her pre-med course at a university in Manila when her father was ambushed in 2002 by four hit men while heading home from work in Asingan, Pangasinan.
The 56-year-old judge was said to have been receiving death threats, prompting him to carry a gun instead of hiring bodyguards.
However, this did not stop his assailants who allegedly shot him thrice – twice in the chest and one below his left ear. Uson’s family had claimed two bodyguards of a mayor killed him.
Appeals by family members to then Presidents Gloria Arroyo and Pnoy to bring his attackers to the bar of justice yielded negative – until now.
So, what’s your take for Mocha?(email@example.com)
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