Belmonte kin on Mocha Uson's Philippine Star column: 'Disgrace' to 'lola's memory'

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Regina Belmonte expressed dismay on entertainer and blogger Mocha Uson's new column on Philippine Star. Belmonte is the granddaughter of Star's founder, Betty Go-Belmonte.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The daughter of Philippine Star President Miguel Belmonte is not too keen about entertainer and blogger Mocha Uson's new column on the 30-year-old national broadsheet.

Regina Belmonte, the eldest of the three childen of Star's president, took to Twitter on Sunday her dismay over Uson's column on Philippine Star.

In her tweet, Belmonte shared a message she sent to her father, wherein she called Uson "garbage". 

 

In another tweet, Belmonte said "to have Mocha Uson peddling lies in it (Star) is a disgrace to my lola's memory", referring to one of Philippine Star's founders and veteran journalist, Betty Go-Belmonte. 

 

Although the Belmonte family sold majority of its stake in the newspaper in 2014, Belmonte said this "doesn't change the fact that I grew up in that building and still care".

 

In response to Belmonte's tweets, Uson pointed out she is "not a journalist" and that she doesn't "deserve to be part" of the family's newspaper.

"At kung nais po ng pamunuan ng Philippine Star na ako po ay hindi magtuloy [And if the Philippine Star management wants to scrap my column], I will still be grateful for being considered to write and express the cry of the ordinary people. I will not have any bitterness towards you (Belmonte) and the paper because your family owns it," Uson said in a Facebook post.

 

In his Sunday column on Star, entertainment writer and TV host Ricky Lo revealed Uson will release her first piece as a Philippine Star columnist beginning November 8.

"Starting on Tuesday, Nov. 8, The Philippine STAR will welcome Mocha as a columnist, not in the Entertainment Section but in the Op-Ed Section. Her column will be called Hotspot and that sums up what "hot" items you can expect from Mocha every Tuesday. Enough introduction?" Lo's column read.

In Tuesday's column, Uson talked about her right to freedom of speech and her continued support for President Rodrigo Duterte.

"I use my blog to spread the good achievements of the President and his administration, and to express my opinion on recent events since Social Media has now evolved - it is now a platform that we can use to express our beliefs and to enjoy our freedom of speech," Uson said.

Uson, lead vocalist of all-female group Mocha Girls, actively campaigned and is one of the most vocal supporters of Duterte.

Uson's Facebook page, Mocha Uson Blog has reached more than 4 million likes to date.