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Mocha Uson Shows Up at NBI for "Fake News" Investigation

She has been accused of spreading misinformation via Facebook post.
by Clara Rosales
May 18, 2020
OWWA Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson appears at the NBI-Cyber Crime Division on Monday morning after a subpoena was issued to her for sharing misleading information on the coronavirus pandemic.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson arrived at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) office on May 18 after being summoned for an investigation, as she has been accused of spreading misinformation.

 On May 13, NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said the NBI Cybercrime Division was investigating Uson for fake news. Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered for the investigation.

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NBI then sent a subpoena to Uson, following Guevarra’s orders.

In early April, Uson published a post on her Facebook page. Said post contained photos showing the delivery of some 15,000 sets of PPEs bought by the Department of Health. As it turns out, one of the photos was not hers, and actually came from SM Foundation.

Uson apologized the next day for “misleading content.”

This is not the first complaint Uson is facing.

While still with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in April 2018, she was sued for a November 2016 blog post claiming that St. Scholastica’s College made it mandatory for students to attend rallies.

In September 2018, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed multiple criminal complaints against her for allegedly spreading fake news about his supposed offshore bank accounts.

Still, in that same month, the Office of the Ombudsman filed a complaint against her for making fun of the sign language the deaf community uses. She eventually apologized for her actions.

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In October 2018, she left the PCOO and got a position at the OWWA.

The most recent complaint against Uson comes in the form of her speaking in front of around 300 overseas Filipino workers under quarantine in Batangas. At that time, mass gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis were strictly prohibited.