Mocha still enjoys President’s trust – Palace

Published June 7, 2018, 4:06 PM

by iManila Developer

By Genalyn Kabiling

Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson still enjoys the trust and confidence of President Duterte despite a controversial public spat with actress Kris Aquino, Malacañang said Thursday.

Mocha Uson (Screenshot from RTVM's Youtube video) / MANILA BULLETIN
Mocha Uson (Credits: RTVN via Youtube | MANILA BULLETIN)

“She has not been fired,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said during a Palace press briefing.

“For as long as she has not been fired, she enjoys the trust and confidence because all presidential appointees serve at the pleasure of the President,” he added.

Roque, however, declined to comment when asked if Uson was an asset or liability of the administration. He said he could not add anything more to the “no comment” statement made by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go on the matter.

Roque also deferred to Go to respond to other media queries about Uson’s latest action.

Uson has refused to apologize to Aquino after the actress denounced her for using the memory her father, the late Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., to defend President Duterte from criticisms for kissing a married woman on the lips in South Korea.

Go earlier claimed that Uson was expected to apologize to Aquino just like what he and President Duterte did.

Uson, in a recent Facebook post, shared a video comparing the President’s behavior in Seoul with Aquino who was kissed by a woman passenger on an airplane that flew him home in 1983.

Aquino, responding on Instagram, lashed out at Uson for trying to discredit her father’s memory saying the Palace official has crossed the line.

Go has reportedly apologized for Uson’s action, adding his apology included that of the President.