Yesterday, September 30, actor Enchong Dee took to Twitter to say his piece on Mocha Uson’s recent appointment to a new government post.
In case you missed it, the former Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as Deputy Executive Director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration last September 23 but was only announced yesterday, September 30.
Prior to her appointment, the pro-Duterte blogger ran under the AA Kasosyo Party in the midterm elections last May but lost.
Under the 1987 Constitution, it states that “No candidate who has lost any election shall within one year after such election, be appointed to any office in the Government or any Government-owned or controlled corporations or in any of their subsidiaries”
The rule, however, does not cover party-list nominees. A change to this exemption has been sought by those who believe it gives an unfair advantage to party-list nominees.
As the announcement of Mocha’s new post spread online, various netizens began to criticize her appointment, including Enchong himself, who said that it was discouraging to become a good citizen if elected officials themselves who implement the law fail to follow the constitution.
In another tweet posted today, October 1, Enchong questioned the statement of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago regarding the nationwide strike.
Pialago, a former candidate for Miss Earth Philippines 2014 who went viral for stating in the news that her fellow candidate had “passed away” instead of “passed out”, defended the administration’s plans of a Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program, which was the reason for PUV drivers to go on strike yesterday, September 30.
“We are after the welfare of the people, at sa pagkakataong ito, mahalaga sa amin na hindi na kayo dumagdag pa sa araw-araw ng hirap na dinaranas ng mga commuters,” Pialago said on Facebook, alluding to the drivers and operators who participated in the strike.
“Despite the good intentions of the government, puro reklamo lang ang kaya niyong gawin. Nasasanay kayong gobyerno ang mag-aadjust sa lahat ng reklamo niyo particularly dito sa PUV Modernization Program,” she added.
Members of various transport groups participated in the said strike to protest some possible occurrences that might happen when the PUV modernization program might come to pass, such as the cancellation of franchises.
Enchong criticized Pialogo’s statement, asking why can the government not provide for the jeepney’s modernization.
“If the government finds it expensive, how much more the jeepney drivers?” he added.