New postings: Mocha, assistant presidential communications secretary; De Venecia, inter-cultural dialogue envoy

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By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent

President Rodrigo Duterte on May 8 appointed his avid supporter, blogger and former sexy starlet Mocha as assistant secretary of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO).

Uson, whose real name is Margaux Justiniano Uson, will handle Malscanang’s social media. She is an advocate of using blogs rather than traditional media to inform Filipinos.

She has a bitter relationship with the press and earlier tagged journalists as “presstitutes” because of their alleged bias against the President. She also called members of the Malacañang Press Corps, who share a space inside the New Executive Building as “paid hacks.”

The new Malacanang official used to head the all female sexy group Mocha Girls and once appeared in sexy movies and sex instructional videos.

But Uson urged critics to just respond to her views and not to dwell on her past.

With her new appointment, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea clarified that her position as a board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) was deemed relinquished.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar had earlier cited Uson’s influence as a blogger and experience as an artist, when he was asked about her qualifications to be a part of the MTRCB.

Also on Tuesday, Duterte named former House speaker Jose de Venecia as special envoy for inter-cultural dialogue.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said that the new role is “in recognition of his active role in promoting inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue for many years.”

De Venecia will perform his functions only from April to September 2017, Bolivar added.
As special envoy, De Venecia is expected to advise the government on issues concerning inter-cultural dialogue and recommend ways to advance Philippine interests in this matter.

De Venecia, a former Pangasinan solon, was House speaker from 1992 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2008. He ran for president in 1998 but lost to then Vice President Joseph Estrada.

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