This week, many were shocked by Malacañan's announcement that Margaux 'Mocha' Uson was appointed as Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary.
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In a Facebook post of Paula Defensor-Knack, she said Uson's newest job "should be given to more qualified people with far better credentials."
Kindly read Knack's statement below.
POINT OF ORDER ! LETS BE SERIOUS WITH GOVT. APPOINTMENTS. My sister Sen. Miriam would be furious with Mocha Uson being given a ministerial position as Asst. Secretary.Knack's remarks caught the attention of Uson.
I was Assistant Secretary of the DENR before and served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Senate before that. Prior to becoming Asst. Sec. of the DENR, I also headed the Legal Department of 13 companies based in the PH and US. All of us Asecs were highly educated, intelligent, and had long years of experience. We took our positions very seriously.
I am NOT in favor of Mocha Uson being given a position as high as Assistant Secretary. There are other jobs she can fill in government.
The Assistant Secretary is considered a ministerial position in high-level meetings, including UN summits. WE NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED AND POSSESS STATURE. There are protocols for ministerial positions during international events. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
Defending the President is not a joke, it is not comedy, it is a very serious affair especially in foreign relations. It is NOT an easy task for us to defend the government back home, when appointments to high positions are taken lightly.So now we have to defend Mocha Usons statements, videos, and past experience before foreign diplomats ? GET A BRAIN ! Everything is being scrutinized right now.
I do not personally know her, but it should be given to more qualified people with far better credentials because the times and the issues call for people with stature who can speak for the President and gain respect in international fora and media. The Office of the President is not a student council. That was the criticism of yellows and now it is being filled by anyone close to the President. That is not proper.
People associated with the President should command the highest respect. We do not want a circus around the President. DO NOT COPY THE STUDENT COUNCIL OF YELLOWS.
This makes the Office of the President a joke. This is not easy to defend abroad.
In her Facebook page with more than 5 million followers, Uson said:
Gusto ko lamang po sagutin ang isa sa mga legit na komento na nabasa ko sa isang kagagalang galang na tao. Ano daw po ang aking qualification para sa position na "Assistant Secretary"?Uson and Knack were both supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Madam, tama po kayo na maaring hindi po ako ang klase ng tao para sa posisyon na ito. At wala din po akong balak sagutin ang tanong niyo po patungkol sa educational attainment ko po dahil never ko po naging ugali ang mag buhat ng sarili kong banko. (Ph 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. ) Kaya po asahan niyo na lang na akin pong pagsusumikapan na gampanam ang trabahong pinagkatiwala po ng ating Pangulo.
Marami pong salamat at akin pong tinatanggap ang inyong komento bilang challenge po. Maraming salamat mam Paula Defensor Knack.