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Mocha’s cheap shot

By: Stephen D. Capillas June 07,2018 - 08:47 PM

A video that showed Sen. Manny Pacquiao buying bread from a bakery he used to work in General Santos City that went viral in social media may be a soft launch of sorts to his plans to run for higher office, aka the presidency.

That said, it’s still nice seeing the Pambansang Kamao (National Fist) mingling with the owners and employees at the bakery and buying their bread when he could afford to buy any food anywhere he wants to.

Though a lot of people would deride him for his less than stellar performance at the Senate, Pacquiao earned enough goodwill from a majority of Filipinos who appreciate him for his boxing career and how he elevated the country into the global stage.

With his entry into politics, not a few would believe that Pacquiao earned his wealth the old fashioned way—through hard, honest work—and not through corruption as is the common style of some of his less than trustworthy colleagues in Congress.

That said, it remains to be seen just how long this goodwill would last the longer and farther Pacquiao goes into his political career. Speaking of which, it’s high time he retires from boxing for good and start focusing on his public service.

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Compare Pacquiao’s video with yet another social media post from Palace Communications Asst. Secretary Mocha Uson in which she shared a video of the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. being kissed by a female passenger on board a plane prior to his assassination.

Uson’s post was made in defense of her boss, President Rodrigo Duterte who received online flak after he kissed a female overseas worker in South Korea.

Being a social media propagandist, Uson could have picked a better video to defend her boss. But what can one expect from someone who has no qualms about insulting a sitting vice president and posting commentaries on the Duterte administration’s critics complete with misleading and ultimately erroneous videos?

Crass doesn’t even begin to describe Mocha’s choice of video to defend the President. I don’t exactly like Kris Aquino but how low can Mocha possibly stoop down to before she gets called out and roundly condemned for her grossly irresponsible, gutter-like attacks on those who even dare question her boss?

Uson remains unapologetic, saying the video wasn’t about Kris. But it was about Aquino’s father and the way Mocha used it to justify the President’s latest episode touched a raw nerve not only on Kris but all Filipinos who consider the late senator a national hero.

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