The head of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on Tuesday urged Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson to apologize and take a leave of absence over a federalism-dance video.
“This is not only a seeming insult to our profession in communication and public information but also degrading to the women and mothers in our communities,” PIA Director-General Harold Clavite explained in a statement.
“I have served alongside PCOO and all its attached agencies under the good leadership of Secretary Martin Andanar, and as far as I’m concerned, Ms. Uson’s actions since her appointment have time and again proven to be in poor taste—a display of an utter lack of judgment and have maligned our profession as government communicators,” he added.
Clarite also sought to underscore the time spent by PIA civil servants on “providing capability and capacity building trainings, seminars, and workshops to all our stakeholders in public information on the ground; to give value to the hard work of PCOO’s attached agencies.”
“My stand on this issue defends the integrity and intelligence of all government information officers, volunteers, and partners— many of whom women and mothers— across the nation, who are continuously working very hard to positively influence the Filipino public to make them responsible sharers of information and be able to contribute to the significant change the public information infrastructure of this country so badly requires,” he said.
“I take great offense in Ms. Uson’s actions, which continuously damages the rectitude of my communication and public information agenda. I can no longer let her obscure and vilify my honest work in helping the President, this government, and this country, as well as the efforts that we have painstakingly and patiently put into place under my leadership in PIA for the past two years,” he added.