Among the many personalities who have voiced their opinions on the controversial exchange between Kris Aquino and Mocha Uson is Jake Ejercito, son of former president (and current mayor of Manila) Joseph “Erap” Estrada and actress Laarni Enriquez.
Yesterday, June 7, Ejercito tweeted: “Mocha Uson is garbage”
Ejercito has issued no further comment or explanation about this tweet.
The exchange between Kris Aquino and PCOO assistant secretary Mocha Uson was precipitated by a video that the latter had posted, comparing President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial kissing incident in South Korea to a video of Kris' father, the late Senator Ninoy Aquino, receiving kisses from two women minutes before he was assassinated on August 21, 1983.
Aquino protested the Uson's post, saying that the Asec was stepping on the memory of Aquino's parents.
The exchange caught the attention of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, who is also head of the Presidential Management Staff. Asking for forgiveness on behalf of the president, Go also said that Uson will apologize to Aquino for the post.
However, Uson refused to issue an apology.
DUTERTE CANNOT COMPEL MOCHA
In the meantime, President Duterte took questions from the media at the inauguration of the resort-themed Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 yesterday, June 7.
During the presscon, President Duterte admitted that he had ordered SAP Bong Go to ask Aquino for forgiveness.
Duterte also said, however, that he cannot force Uson to apologize, citing the right to free expression. Said the president, “As I respect the opposition, I must also respect the people in my camp. She has invoked the right of free expression. Once ka mag-invoke ka ng ganun, wala ako magawa kasi ako mismo sinasabi ko it's your right to criticize me."
Aquino has since issued another statement, saying that she was ending the exchange between her and Uson. Aquino reiterated that she was on good terms with the president, and that she cannot stop Uson from using social media to hurt her and her family: "Mocha, you win. You win because you hurt me, and I think that's what you wanted to do."
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.