Pimentel distances himself from gov’t move to tap Uson for federalism info drive

Published August 4, 2018, 7:21 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Vanne Terrazola

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III distanced himself from the government move to tap Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson for its federalism information drive.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (Senate of the Philippines / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (Senate of the Philippines / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Pimentel, a known proponent of federalism, chose to keep his hands off Uson’s participation in the government ‘s information campaign for the proposed transition to federal system.

“The decision of the executive branch, which I don’t belong to, is that Mocha is part of the team. Who am I to question such beautiful decision?” Pimentel told reporters when sought to comment on the development.

“[The] Team will be lead by members of the Consultative Commission. Brilliant decision!” he said.

The committee tasked to review the Charter asked Uson to help in the public information campaign about federalism through her social media account, which has more than 5.6-million followers.

Following their meeting with Uson Friday, the Con-Com agreed that the Duterte supporter-turned-government official will reportedly interview experts and post social media content about the advantages of federalism.

The committee said Uson will be briefed on the contents of the draft federal constitution to improve her understanding of the proposal.

Earlier, Sen. Nancy Binay suggested inviting Uson to the hearings conducted by the Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution and the shift to the federal form of government.

Binay said she wants how Uson would articulate or interpret the salient points of the proposed federal charter and explain how a new form of government could move the country forward.