Duterte spokesman: Mocha Uson is a role model for women

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 9)  — If Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque were to pick a role model for women in light of International Women's Day, it would be Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson.

"Naniniwala talaga ako na modelo si Mocha Uson para sa ating kababaihan dahli si Mocha Uson, nakikita natin nagdesisyon siyang magbagong-buhay at talaga namang nagpu-pursige dito sa kanyang bagong buhay," Roque said in a Facebook live interview Friday

[Translation: I believe that Mocha Uson is a role model for women, because we saw how she changed her life, and she's really pushing to do well in her new career.]

He also admired Uson's huge following and impact on her social media platforms.

"Ang sabi ko nga napakalaki ng potensyal na meron si Mocha Uson para magkaroon ng impact sa buhay ng napakaraming tao dahli ngayon pa lang ay sinusundan na siya," he said.

[Translation: I said, Mocha Uson has a lot of potential to make an impact on the lives of so many people because even now, she already has a following.]

Roque slammed Uson's detractors who use her previous job as an entertainer against her.

"Kinakailangan mabuhay. Kinakailangan magbigay ng sustento sa pamilya. Gagawin mo ang dapat gawin, pero 'yung parte ng buhay na yun ni Mocha Uson tapos na," Roque said. "Walang kahit sino ang pwedeng sabihin na hindi pwedeng makaroon ng pangalawang pagkakataon."

[Translation: There was a need to survive, provide for the family. You do what you have to do. But that part of Mocha Uson's life is over. No one can say there are no second chances.]

Uson, who was appointed to her government post in 2017, enjoys the support of over five million subscribers on her Facebook page, MOCHA USON Blog. The Communications official is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, using her page as a platform to express her opinion.

Senators have urged Mocha Uson to use her power as a social media blogger wisely, after a series of gaffes on her page -- including inaccurate photos, fake news, and outdated stories, including those against the President's critics.