ConCom member Pimentel: Mocha Uson 'wasting time and gov't funds' with federalism video

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — Consultative Committee (ConCom) member and former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. said Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson "wasted time and government funds" with her controversial federalism video. 

In the committee's media briefing Friday, Pimentel said that the video did not do any good for the administration's campaign to promote federalism. 

"Ang bad effect doon is wasting time and government funds to ventilate an issue supposedly coming from a responsible government official," Pimentel told reporters in Malacañang. 

[Translation: The bad effect here is wasting time and government funds to ventilate an issue supposedly coming from a responsible government official.] 

"I suggest that this government official should be more careful with her statements," he added of Uson, who was earlier tapped to help in the government's federalism information drive. 

The assistant secretary and blogger Drew Olivar drew ire for a viral August 2 video, where the duo was seen singing a federalism jingle while using racy terms and gestures. Lawmakers have slammed the said clip for being insulting and "vulgar." 

Uson, for her part, said what's important is the awareness— that federalism was already being talked about. She maintained no government fund was used for the video. 

However, Pimentel said that Uson should just stick to the entertainment industry. 

"Dapat siguro nandoon siya sa entertainment lang. Huwag naman siyang sasali dito sa mga issue na mukhang di naman niya naiintindihan. Lalong maguguluhan ang pag-iisip ng mga taongbayan," Pimentel said. 

[Translation: Maybe she should just stay in entertainmment. She should not join in issues that she does not understand. The public will just be confused.] 

"Doon nalang siya sa sayaw, okay lang." (She should stick to dancing, that would be fine.) 

President Rodrigo Duterte, who campaigned on a promise of charter change, is pushing for a shift to federalism by the time his term ends. 

Uson and Olivar were in hot water again this week after another video of them— this time making fun of sign language— went viral. 

READ: Mocha Uson, blogger draw flak anew for making fun of sign language

The Philippine Federation of the Deaf has filed a complaint against the two before the Ombudsman, while the Commission on Human Rights said the body is already investigating the video.