De Lima twits Mocha for spreading fake news

Published January 15, 2019, 9:08 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Hannah Torregoza

Senator Leila de Lima on Monday denied former presidential communications assistant secretary Margaux “Mocha” Justiniano Uson’s allegations that she has access to the Internet and can use cellular phones inside her quarters at the Philippine National Police (PNP) where she is currently detained over drug charges.

FACING ARREST – Senator Leila de Lima is in fighting form in this photo taken at a press conference in the Senate last Tuesday. A regional trial court on Thursday ordered her arrest. (Jansen Romero | Manila Bulletin)
Senator Leila de Lima (Jansen Romero | Manila Bulletin)

In a statement, de Lima said it has come to her attention that Uson is spreading another disinformation, citing her recent Twitter post regarding former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go’s shameless early campaigning and lack of delicadeza.

“For the record, I categorically deny that I have a cellphone or access to Internet here in my detention quarters. Since my unjust arrest and detention in 24 February 2017, I have been diligently and faithfully complying with all the rules and regulations imposed by the custodial authorities,” de Lima said in her latest dispatch.

“Besides, my quarters are subjected to regular search by a team of the PNP Custodial Unit. All this time, they have found no violation on my part. I am no lawbreaker,” the senator added.

De Lima clarified that it is her communications staff that manages all her social media accounts.

“I’m glad though that Ms. Uson is following my posts and tweets. For her information and education, my official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and e-mail are being administered by my Comms staff, upon my handwritten instructions. This fact can easily be verified,” she said.

Nevertheless, de Lima said she is no longer surprised at Uson’s latest tirades against her since the famous Duterte supporter and blogger has had a penchant for disseminating fake news.

“Of course, it no longer surprises anyone that the Queen of Fake News had it wrong again. Not only is she a certified DDS of Mr. Duterte and a trumpeter of his flawed policies, Ms. Uson now doubles as Bong Go’s apologist in a desperate attempt to be in the good graces of Duterte and Go, and, hopefully, to be taken seriously in any important national discourse,” de Lima pointed out.