Mocha Uson’s fake news hearing in the Senate had some quotable remarks from the blogger-slash-PCOO head. One of them was that she was also a victim of fake news. All the while trying to defend why she posted multiple falsehoods and photos on her social media accounts, and claiming that she merely shared them from other websites. Which raises the question on whether or not she verifies facts.
Although Mocha has apologized and took down many of her posts, there are still receipts. Because you can’t hide everything from the Internet. So let’s look back on some of the times that Mocha, or whoever’s running her page, was caught sharing and posting fake news.
#1 A dead body from Brazil
Mocha shared a post of a Duterte supporter which claimed that a young girl was murdered due to the drug problem in the Philippines. She was reportedly outraged as to why the Commission on Human Rights didn’t focus on the incident. However, the photo was of a nine-year-old Brazilian girl who was raped and murdered in 2014. BBC called her on it and she later took down the post.
#2 Attacking students of St. Scholastica’s College
When the Supreme Court gave a greenlight to the Marcos burial, protests started from across the nation. The high school students from St. Scholastica’s College were also part of it. Mocha then shared a post, accusing the school of forcing the students to rally. This was then disproved by the college and the students who were part of the protests.
#3 “When will you visit this policeman’s burial?”
— ¡Oy Ruperto! (@rupertnotholmes) August 22, 2017
In the middle of the controversy on Kian Delos Santos’ shooting, Mocha shared an Inquirer.net article on a policeman’s burial. She asked Vice-President Leni Robredo, senators Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes, and Risa Hontiveros on when they plan on visiting him. This is in light of the fact that policemen were accused of murdering Kian under the suspicion that he was a drug pusher. Turns out, the article was posted a year ago.
#4 Getting the Constitution wrong
A netizen called out Mocha for citing “Article 263” of the Constitution, which allegedly states that a tax-evading company will pay 10 times the amount once they settle in court. “Walang 263 articles and Constitution. Hanggang XVIII (18) lang!” (The Constitution doesn’t have 263 articles. It only has 18!) the netizen wrote.
#5 Honduran soldiers
Mocha recently asked for prayers for the soldiers fighting the Maute Group in Marawi. It seemed like a sincere post of soldiers kneeling and praying. But netizens later pointed out that the soldiers in the photo weren’t Filipino—they were from Honduras. When asked about it at the hearing earlier, Mocha said that she was simply moved by the photo and didn’t claim that the soldiers were Filipino. (Yeah, right!)
#6 Trillanes’ hidden wealth
Recently, Sen. Trillanes filed a cyberlibel case against Mocha because she accused him on her blog of having alleged hidden wealth. Trillanes debunked this and filed the complaint to the office of the Ombudsman, noting six criminal and one administrative offenses.
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