Uson: What matters is people are talking about federalism

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6) — Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson was downplaying the controversy brought on by a video featuring her and a fellow blogger talking about federalism.

Speaking to CNN Philippines News Night Monday, Uson said, "Natatawa po ako kasi nagiging malaking issue itong federalism viral video."

[Translation: I find it funny because the federalism viral video is becoming a big issue.]

Uson clarified she never claimed she was an expert on the issue.

What's important, she said, is that people are talking about federalism.

"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 said.

[Translation: If they're talking about it now, whether it's good or bad, experts should explain it. Take this opportunity to explain what federalism is.]

In the interview, Uson said she had been doing what she called an "online game show" on her blog for awhile, and it was on this show that the viral video clip happened.

It was not part of the campaign on federalism, Uson said, and neither was it scripted.

"Yung brainstorming namin with DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government), at ang representante ng ConCom (Consultative Committee) ay nangyari nung Friday at wala po silang kinalaman po dun sa lumabas po na video na 'yun with Drew Olivar," she said.

[Translation: The brainstorming with the DILG, and the representative of the ConCom on Friday, they had nothing to do with the video that came out with Drew Olivar.]

Olivar, a blogger, was the one who came up with the dance which has drawn the ire of netizens and lawmakers alike.

"I cannot speak for Drew Olivar kasi siya po yung nag-come up nung ganoong sayaw at nung ganoong expresyon ng pederalismo. Ang akin lang po, two years na po itong kampanya na gusto nila maging maingay ang pederalismo, gusto nilang pag-usapan, napakababa ng awareness. Ako po, ang ginawa ko lang po ay tumulong at ang nangyari po biglang pinag-usapan itong federalism," she said.

[Translation: I cannot speak for Drew Olivar because he came up with the dance and the expression on federalism. What I have to say is, this campaign has been going on for two years and they want a lively discussion on federalism, but awareness is very low. What I did was help and what happened was people suddenly started talking about federalism]

Instead of focusing on her, Uson said, people should look at bigger issues such as the alleged cheating that happened in the 2016 elections.

Uson said she also got wind that senators and other people were mad at her because of the video, but she did not mind what people were saying about her.

"Naintindihan ko po. I respect their opinion kung nagustuhan nila o ayaw nila yung federalism video," she said.

[Translation: I understand. I respect their opinion whether or not they liked the federalism video.]

But in a recent post on her Facebook page, Uson called out lawmakers who said the video was vulgar, saying, "Ako na walang natangap diyan sa Pederalismo na yan pero sasabihin niyo "binabastos" ko. KAYO ANG BUMABASTOS SA KATOTOHANAN."

[Translation:I received nothing from that federalism, but you say I mocked it. In truth, you are the ones making a mockery of it.]

Uson said the video was not official and senators were using it to divert attention from the hearing on the alleged election fraud.

"Sa tingin ko po, 'yan ang nangyayari kasi.. kung sinasabi nilang bastos yung federalismo video na lumabas sa blog ko, mas malaking kabastusan po ito," she said.

[Translation:I think that's what's happening because... if they say the federalism video was vulgar, what happened during the elections was even more vulgar.]

Uson also said she has spoken with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar about the incident, but she would meet with him this week to discuss it further.