Mocha on being an alleged fake news source: Fact ckecked po iyan

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTCB) member Mocha Uson rejected accusations that her news is not factual which she shares on her influential social media accounts.

In a program with economist Solita “Winnie” Monsod entitled “bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie,” Mocha made her counter rebuttal that all the information she shares are fact-checked. “Opo, ma’am, fact-checked po iyan,” Mocha said.

However, there was at least two times in which Uson’s posts had led to accusations that she was a source of fake news.

The first of these two was her post regarding a nine-year old rape victim, together with a criticism against the anti-Duterde administration for their failure to deal with the case and support the government’s battle and policies towards crime.

Later on the girl who was in picture turned out to be a Brazilian citizen raped on December 2014 in Altamira.

“Una po ma'm, hindi ko po sinabi na nangyari sa Pilipinas 'yon. I did not post that, shinare ko lang po yung post ng isang Facebook user. At hindi ko po sinabi na nangyari sa Pilipinas 'yan,” Uson insisted that the item was not originally hers and she was just re-using the material.

She added she only emphasized that the case of the Braizilian citizen also happens in the Philippines but she never said the incident in the picture occurred in  the Philippines. “Ang problema po ma’am maraming nag-aakusa fake news ako. Pero nandiyan po ang mga sources ko.”

The second issue was regarding her post in which Uson claimed that a corporation owed the government some P96 billion in taxes according to Article 263 of the Philippine Constitution.

The social media blogger admitted in this situation that she committed a mistake. “Pasensya na po... Nag-erratum na po ako diyan. What I meant was yung tax code po."

Uson stood firm that vast majority of the information she shares were factually accurate.

“"Unang-una po hindi po ako nagpapalaganap ng fake news. Dahil nabanggit ko po kanina, I indicate my sources, ma'm. Nandoon po iyon. At karamihan ay galing po sa mainstream media. At, as much as I can, kinukuha ko po directly from government agencies,” she concluded.

Source: GMA Network