After Mocha Uson video, PCOO reminds execs to watch their behavior on social media

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is reminding its officials and employees to mind their behavior on social media in the wake of Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's controversial video on federalism.

This is contained in an August 13 memorandum issued by Lorraine Badoy, PCOO undersecretary for new media, who also leads the agency's gender and development office. The document was released on Wednesday.

Badoy reminded her colleagues "of our role in creating a positive impact towards gender issues and portrayal of women in the media since we play a crucial role in raising public awareness and shape public opinion."

"Hence, please be mindful of the content you post or share on your personal social media accounts, as well as other publications and press releases your office may publish," the memo read.

It reminded public servants of their duties and responsibilities under Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

It highlighted the section on professionalism: "Public officials and employees shall perform and discharge their duties with the highest degree of excellence, professionalism, intelligence and skill. They shall enter public service with utmost devotion and dedication to duty. They shall endeavor to discourage wrong perceptions of their roles as dispensers or peddlers of undue patronage."

 

Reports earlier quoted Badoy as saying Uson violated this code of conduct when she posted an August 2 video described by many lawmakers, government officials and netizens as vulgar. She, however, said all PCOO could do is to remind her, adding that only President Rodrigo Duterte can fire Uson, whom he appointed.

Uson, a frontliner in the multimillion-peso massive information drive on the proposed shift to a federal form of government, posted a video with blogger Drew Olivar playing with the word federalism using racy terms and gesturing towards female private parts – all to Uson's cheering.

Malacañang has said Duterte was "very cool" about the video, but added the President agreed the information campaign should have a more serious tone.

Uson, for her part, said what's important is federalism is being talked about.

"Kung napapag-usapan ngayon, masama man o mabuti, ay ipaliwanag naman po ng mga eksperto. Take this opportunity na ipaliwanag na po ang pederalismo," she told CNN Philippines.

[Translation: "If this is being talked about now, whether good or bad, experts should explain it. Take this opportunity to explain what federalism is."]