Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson denied allegations she was spreading "fake news" among netizens, a report from 24 Oras revealed.
"Hindi naman po totoo 'yan. Hindi po ako nagre-repost ng fake news... hindi fake news ang opinyon," Uson said.
"Everytime na tayo ay susulat, social media man o mainstream media, isipin natin 'yung buong bansa at ating mga kabataan. Maganda 'yung constructive criticism. Hindi lang 'yung maninira ka for the sake na maninira ka," she also said.
Uson, who maintains a blog and often criticizes mainstream media, made a blog post in August last year about the rape of a 9-year-old girl, and highlighted the failure of human rights advocates to condemn it.
It turned out that the victim in the picture was a Brazilian girl who was raped and murdered in the municipality of Altamira in Brazil in December 2014. The victim's name was Evelin Nicole da Silva Sousa.
Another "fake news" by Uson was her claim that a corporation owed the government some P96 billion in taxes based on "Article 263" of the Philippine Constitution.
She admitted she had made a mistake in this occasion. "Nag-erratum na po ako diyan. What I meant was yung tax code po," she said in an interview.
She however insisted that majority of her posts were factually accurate.
"Unang-una po hindi po ako nagpapalaganap ng fake news. Dahil nabanggit ko po kanina, I indicate my sources, ma'm. Nandoon po iyon. At karamihan ay galing po sa mainstream media. At, as much as I can, kinukuha ko po directly from government agencies."
Uson was appointed as board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) in January, and elevated as Assistant Secretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) after her appointment last May 9.
[Photo: Mocha Uson's Instagram]