Filipinos were furious after news came out that the Bureau of Customs appointed Mocha Girls lead dancer Mocha Uson as the social media consultant of the Bureau of Customs.
The lead dancer was previously under fire for claiming that she is better than all the veteran journalists of the Philippines combined simply because she doesn’t criticize the President when he has actually messed up while legitimate journalists do.
The government agency later refuted their appointment of the lead dancer after President Rodrigo Duterte was criticized for allowing such thing to happen. Just so that you’ll know, this is the appointing capacity of the President according to the Official Gazette’s briefer on the appointing power of the President:
“[T]he President shall nominate and, with the consent of the Commission on Appointments, appoint the heads of the executive departments, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, or officers of the armed forces from the rank of colonel or naval captain, and other officers whose appointments are vested in him in this Constitution. He shall also appoint all other officers of the Government whose appointments are not otherwise provided for by law, and those whom he may be authorized by law to appoint. The Congress may, by law, vest the appointment of other officers lower in rank in the President alone, in the courts, or in the heads of departments, agencies, commissions, or boards.”
So far, there is no law that states the provisions for appointing consultants to the Bureau of Customs which means that BoC consultants may fall under “all other officers of the Government whose appointments are not otherwise provided for by law, and those whom he may be authorized by law to appoint” which means that the President ‘s consent is still needed for BoC to hire a consultant – and that’s likely to happen in the Duterte administration since the President is more hands-on than the previous Presidents that we’ve had.
But anyway, the damage has been done already despite BoC clarifying that Mocha Uson was never officially appointed as a social media consultant to the agency.
The most popular reaction to this fiasco so far is from OPM singer Gary Valenciano:
His Tweet where he asks to be appointed as Department of Energy Secretary makes reference to the fact that “Mr. Pure Energy” is his moniker hence his interest to change Department of Energy to Department of Pure Energy or simply, DOPE.
And…here are a few more reactions to the Mocha Uson appointment:
- Loveless and fundless? A PAG-IBIG Fund appointment might be your bet!
The Tweet translates to “Prez, can I go for PAG-IBIG Fund. Because I’m loveless and fundless”. PAG-IBIG Fund is also known as the Home Development Mutual Fund and is headed by Vice President Leni Robredo.
2. Sang’gres for National Defense officials? Why not!
(Amihan, Alena and Danaya are characters of the Philippine fantasy television series Encantadia and throughout the show, they are referred to collectively as Sang’gres)
3. When you (almost) share a given name with a world leader and you try your luck
Two words: Pak Ganern!
4. Having Sang’gres on the National Defense is not enough, we need a Magic Minister too
So where is the Philippine version of Hogwarts located? And we bet they’d use Facebook messenger instead of snail mail to notify people that they got into the school because you know, PhilPost isn’t so efficient these days and we’re the social media capital of the world!
5. Well, that’s an upgrade from being a congresswoman
And just in case you missed, Surfing will be an event at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics so putting Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the Philippine Sports Commission may have it’s benefits as long as she gets to train our surfing team.
6. Confidently Clean and Green with a Heart
Maybe starting next year, winning Miss Earth will come with a position in the Philippine Climate Change Commission as well.
7. I think you meant a different kind of Labor
(Maria Criseta’s comment is translated to “I just gave birth and I’m looking for employment; I can be assigned to the Department of Labor & Employment”)
8. Some really wanted to spite the President this bad by nominating the sister of the former President
9. Having a high-level Farmville account has perks, such as this one, apparently
Well, this isn’t the first time someone whose career solely depended on dilly-dallying in Facebook resulted to a government appointment. See: Mocha Uson, apparently.
10. Foreign Affairs has a new meaning now
Can we get a Teleserye out of this?
11. Even foreigners are being nominated
Rona Ambrose is the Leader of the Canadian Opposition and Filipinos came to know of her after she attended the Independence Day 2016 celebrations in Ottawa. In fact, she seems to be really fond of Filipinos like her Prime Minister
so we guess we can let her run our country – that is, if our constitution gets altered to allow naturalized citizens to run for the position.
And of course, we also have some words for our President:
So basically…*Oprah voice* You get an appointment, she gets an appointment, everyone gets an appointment!