By Ellson Quismorio
ACT-Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro claimed she was harassed online by whom she believes as supporters of her nemesis, blogger Mocha Uson.
“Actually nga andami ko nang natatanggap sa kanyang mga siguro taga-suporta or trolls niya or bots niya na mga pagmumura at mga sexual assault na kung anu-ano (Actually I’ve been receiving a lot of curses and different types of sexual assault from probably her supporters, trolls or bot),” Castro said of Uson.
The lady solon–a member of the militant Makabayan bloc–did not elaborate on the kind of “sexual assault” she has experienced from Uson’s supposed die-hard followers.
Last week, Uson–a rabid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte–resigned as Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary.
She said it was a “sacrifice” on her part since it would prevent congressmen from repeatedly deferring the House plenary debate on the PCOO budget, which would, in turn, allow or the immediate passage of the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.
The House of Representatives approved the 2019 budget on second reading Wednesday.
Before this, Castro and her Makabayan colleagues had the PCOO budget debate rescheduled twice since Uson always failed to attend the proceedings. Castro has made no bones about her desire to interpellate the agency’s budget in the presence of Uson since she intended to raise questions to the budget sponsor about her controversial behavior.
She earlier lambasted Uson and her fellow blogger, Drew Olivar for supposedly poking fun at sign language in a viral video. Before that, the online duo also figured in the now infamous “I-Pederalismo” dance-jingle, which also grabbed headlines for the wrong reasons.
Antics like these made Castro question if Uson was really worth the taxpayers’ money that she was being paid.
Uson has close to six-million followers on her popular Facebook blog.
Right after announcing her resignation, she spoke on Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM and called her lawmaker-critics “ulol” (deranged) and “buwisit” (nuisance). She did not mention names.
“Hindi ko papatulan yun dahil later on naman makikita ng bayan, ng taumbayan kung alin ba yung tama at mali at alin ba yung dapat ugaliin ng public officer or former public officer. Kaya bahala na siya,” Castro said.
(I won’t respond to that because later on, the people will see what is right and wrong, as well as the attitude that must be observed by a public officer or former public officer. She can have her way.)