Mocha Uson appears before NBI, says FB post was a ‘honest mistake’
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Margaux “Mocha” Uson on Monday appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation to explain her side on allegations linking her to alleged dissemination of fake news.
Interviewed by reporters, Uson apologized for posting a wrong photo of personal protective equipment intended for medical frontliners.
“Ang intensyon ko ay iinform ang ating mga kababayan na hindi pinababayaan ng gobyerno ang mga frontliners. Kaya dun sa post ko, gusto ko i-share ang good news na hindi sila pinapabayaan ng gobyerno.”
“Nagamit ang photo ng Philippine Star, na isang respetadong broadsheet, yun pala mali din pala ang nagamit nilang larawan.”
“Ang layunin ko ay ishare sa publiko na may ginagawa ang gobyerno para pangalagaan ang frontliners natin. Honest mistake yung sa photo,” she said
In her Facebook post – which was accompanied by a photo of frontliners in PPEs – Uson claimed that the PPEs were bought by the Department of Health, but it turned out that these were actually donations from SM Foundation.
After getting called out, Uson’s Facebook page then edited its post to feature a different photo and apologized. She also thanked the netizen for calling her attention.
Netizens considered Uson’s gaffe as another desperate act of spreading fake news.