By Ellson Quismorio
She was obviously fuming, but ACT-Teachers Party-List Rep. France Castro said she won’t stoop down to the level of former Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
This, after Castro learned that Uson described the lawmakers critical of her as “ulol” (deranged) and “buwisit” (nuisance).
The sexy star-turned-blogger gave these unsavory remarks in a Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM interview before noon Wednesday or minutes after word broke out that she had resigned from her post at the Executive branch.
“Hindi ko narinig yun pero hindi ko na iyon papatulan. Hindi nako nagugulat kasi yun naman ginagawa niya sa blog niya (I didn’t hear it but I won’t respond to it anymore. It doesn’t surprise me anymore because that’s what she does in her blog),” said Castro, who for weeks wanted to interpellate the PCOO budget on the House floor in the presence of Uson.
But Uson’s resignation–which she said would allow her to be “vocal” again–stripped the Makabayan solon of this opportunity.
In the radio interview with anchor Erwin Tulfo, Uson said: “Ay puwede nating tawaging mga ulol…mga pa-cute, mga ulol talaga sila. Kaya kailangan ‘yang mga ‘yan, dapat tinatabla sila. Wala nang maloloko ‘yang mga ‘yan.”
(We can call them deranged…they are gimmicky, they are really deranged. They need to be rejected. They can no longer fool anyone.)
She said she was referring to lawmakers “who think of nothing but themselves.”
“Pero wala na pong makakapigil sa akin. Basta labanan natin ‘yang mga ulol na ‘yan, mga buwisit na ‘yan! (But nobody can stop me now. We will oppose those deranged ones, those nuisances!)” Uson added.
Castro was shaking in anger over this information but managed to keep her composure.
“Hindi ko bababaan yung ganun level ng pagmumura…Naaawa ako sa kanya ano, doon sa kanyang mga inuugali (I won’t stoop down to that level of cussing…That kind of attitude makes me pity her),” she said.
“Malaya na siya na gawin niya yung kanyang gustong sabihin. Anyway, kami naman ay gumagalang sa karapatan para sa pagsasalita at expression (She can freely do and say what she wants to say. Anyway we respect the freedom of speech and expression),” added the lady lawmaker.
Castro had earlier slammed Uson and her fellow blogger, Drew Olivar for supposedly poking fun at sign language in a viral video.
It can be recalled that the House debates on the PCOO budget was deferred twice upon the motion of the Makabayan bloc since Uson was unavailable. She was out of the country on both occasions.
Castro said that if anything, the Duterte administration is better off without the controversial blogger.
“Sa ngayon buti na lang at nag-resign siya. Maganda sa PCOO, maganda rin sa kasalukuyang gobyerno dahil tingin ko liability lang siya ng Duterte administration (It’s good that she has resigned. It’s good for the PCOO, it’s good for the current government because I think she’s a liability to the Duterte administration).”