'Fire Mocha' trends after PCOO asec's latest gaffe

'Fire Mocha' trends after PCOO asec's latest gaffe

The hashtag #FireMocha started trending on Twitter on Tuesday evening and became the top talked about topic in the Philippines on Wednesday morning. Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines — Netizens called for the removal of Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson from the Presidential Communications Operations Office, pointing out the latest of the official's blunders where she demanded opposition leaders to visit the wake of a cop who, as it turned out, died a year ago.

The hashtag #FireMocha started trending on Twitter on Tuesday evening and became the top talked about topic in the Philippines on Wednesday morning. 

Uson's tweet, which has since been deleted, came after President Rodrigo Duterte's remark that he would not visit the wake of Kian delos Santos, the 17-year-old casualty of the government's drug war killed under questionable circumstances by cops. Netizens also reported that the Palace communications official temporarily set her account to private before the post was removed.

Uson tweeted a screengrab of an Inquirer story about a cop, described as the "best intelligence officer" by his superior, who was shot dead in an anti-drug operation. The story was published on August 21 last year.

She questioned Vice President Leni Robredo and Sens. Antonio Trillanes, Risa Hontiveros and Bam Aquino when they would visit the wake of the cop. She captioned the post with the word "Waiting..."

READ: Duterte to jail cops involved in Kian's slay if found guilty

The four opposition leaders mentioned in the PCOO official's deleted tweet all visited Delos Santos' wake.

Uson's gaffe was the latest in a series of mishaps committed by her and the president's communication team. 

READ: Reporters slam Andanar for 'fake news' on bribes

Last May, the assistant secretary and the Philippine News Agency posted wrong photos to depict Filipino troops battling Islamist militants in Marawi City. Uson used a photo of soldiers from Honduras while PNA used Vietnamese soldiers. 

Uson was also slammed in a Facebook post where she cited Article 263 of the Philippine Constitution related to a tax evasion news story. The Philippine Constitution only has 18 articles.

She, however, clarified that she was referring to the Tax Code while taking a dig against the vice president.

This month, the PNA was also criticized for using the logo of a company selling canned pineapples in a story about the Department of Labor and Employment, whose acronym is similar to the former.

READ: A year of consistent inconsistencies

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