R.Tiglao, explains why 'Lagot ngaun ang Oposisyon kay Mocha'

R.Tiglao, explains why 'Lagot ngaun ang Oposisyon kay Mocha'




It turns out that one of president Rodrigo Duterte’s vocal supporter is not running for a seat in the hallowed halls of the Senate.

Mocha Uson has set his sights in the House of representatives, through a partylist nomination.

From her resignation she has been more vocal in her attacks against the political enemy of the president, one of her first tirades were against the Vice President of the land- Maria Leonor Robredo.

Former ASec Mocha Uson during the Senate hearing re 'Fake news" with the chance meeting with Senator Trillanes (photo credit to owner)

She made known that she is now ‘free’ to use her constitutionally protected right of “ free speech” in her criticisms against Robredo and her political allies-mostly that of the Liberal Party.

Manila times veteran columnist and former diplomat Rigoberto Tiglao dissected the repercussions of Mocha Uson’s resignation and her undeniably strong influence in the public opinions.

In the article Tiglao wrote titled “Lagot silang lahat kay Mocha”  last Ocotber 5, 2018, he eloquently explains what are the kind of intangibles Mocha brings in the country’s political scenery. “What Mocha has going for her, which these three don’t have, is that she has portrayed herself an ordinary Filipino, which explains why she has amassed 5.6 million followers, many of whom are OFWs abroad or are from the lower classes. She speaks in Filipino, in the manner of ordinary Filipinos. Even her hairdo does not seem to be the kind well-to-do women get from expensive salons.”

For the consumption of our reading public we are quoting the full article below from Tiglao’s column for the sake of understanding , clarity and understanding.


‘Lagot silang lahat kay Mocha’



PRESIDENTIAL spokesman Harry Roque Jr.’s pithy comment on Mocha Uson’s resignation from her government post hit it right on the head: “Lagot silang lahat kay Mocha.”
The term “lagot” is one of those Filipino words so nuanced and precise that it is difficult to translate into English. I’d translate Roque’s comment very roughly to: “Mocha’s (and her idol President Duterte’s) enemies are in big trouble now.” Indeed, as a government official, she had to pull her punches. No longer does she need to now.
Her resignation put her prominently in the front pages of all major broadsheets — surprisingly even the Yellow-controlled ones — and even tabloids, in several even above the newspaper’s fold, which means her photo will be seen even by people who don’t buy the newspaper.
The narrative is so positive for her. She wasn’t fired by President Duterte which would have meant that she has become a liability. She made a “personal sacrifice” so that the Yellow and Red congressmen won’t be able to use her as an excuse for dragging their feet in passing the budget of her office, the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Her resignation letter shows that her fame has not at all gone to her head, as she thanked Duterte for giving her a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for appointing her as Assistant Secretary. She even assured the President that “my loyalty to your administration has not wavered.”
With the newspaper coverage of her resignation (and her column in the Philippine Star), Uson has broadened her base from the 5.6 million followers of her blog to include 1 million print media newspapers (including pass-on readership) readers. With her looks and communication skills honed over many years, it would be cinch for her to expand her reach to broadcast media.
What more do you need to be a household name to win a Senate seat? I think she has now become more popular to win a Senate seat than those whom a recent poll claimed are leading such a race: Grace Poe, Pia Cayetano and Cynthia Villar.
What Mocha has going for her, which these three don’t have, is that she has portrayed herself an ordinary Filipino, which explains why she has amassed 5.6 million followers, many of whom are OFWs abroad or are from the lower classes. She speaks in Filipino, in the manner of ordinary Filipinos. Even her hairdo does not seem to be the kind well-to-do women get from expensive salons.
Just take a look at the list of the top 12 that poll claimed Filipinos will vote as senator next year, with among those occupying the 11 to 17 slots including Sergio OsmeƱa, Mar Roxas and Bong Revilla who have disappeared from the front pages.
Mocha is a shoo-in for the Senate. She knows how to shock people, which would be a huge advantage in this media-driven electoral contests.
This is despite the fact that she is really from the upper-middle class: her father was a regional trial court judge who was assassin`nated in 2002 and her mother is a pediatrician, whose footsteps she appears to have wanted to follow when she took up a medical technology degree at the UST.
The elites and their representatives hate her for her background as a “sexy dancer” and for posting sex-education youtube videos years ago. She knows this, and has been fighting back — which endears her more and more to the masses who hate the elites and their hypocritical mores.
A popular blog GetRealPhilippines put it quite well: “Now that Mocha Uson has resigned from government, she will be free to do what she does best — entertain and influence the Filipino masses. Freed from the ‘conventions’ demanded of government officials, Uson will be able to shape her role in Philippine society based on what suits her and her followers best. “
Being no longer in government, Mocha will be free to criticize non-performers and even the corrupt in Duterte’s government — which will portray her not just as a fanatic Duterte follower, but a crusader for good government, which will attract more voters to her. The “sila” in Roque’s “lagot silang lahat” would include those in this government.

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