July 19, 2018, 4:11 am
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‘Mocha needs an etiquette manager’

AN assemblyman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao yesterday took a swipe at Presidential Communications Operations Office assistant secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson for taking a selfie inside a mosque in Marawi City with boots on.

Uson “needs to hire an etiquette manager, if there is any,” said Zia Alonto Adiong, a member of the regional assembly of ARMM representing the first district of Lanao del Sur, who also acts as spokesman of the provincial peace and order council.

Uson supposedly committed the misconduct during last Monday’s visit of President Duterte to the Grand Islamic Center in Marawi City, which government troops recovered from Maute Group control on August 24.

Adiong showed a photo of his son and a nephew at the mosque during last year’s Eid Fitr congressional prayer. The photo showed his son and his nephew barefoot, in keeping with Islamic tradition.

“That’s where Usec. (sic) Uson was taking selfie with her boots on. Notice how we teach our kids to leave their slippers and not to bring them inside the holy ground... We should avoid actions that may offend our Muslim brothers and sisters,” said Adiong.

Uson, leader of a sexy dance group, has been embroiled in controversies, the latest of which was her continued performance at a casino with her group, despite a prohibition on government officials entering casinos.

She has also come under fire for posting “false news.” Last May, she used a picture of Honduran policemen on her Facebook account while calling on Filipinos to pray for “our Army.”

Uson has been accompanying Duterte to his visits to troops.

During the visit to the main battle area in Marawi City, Duterte promised the troops to bring some celebrities in his next visit.

Uson agreed and suggested they bring her “Mocha Girls” group.

Duterte said if he brings entertainers, soldiers can only “touch” them.

The President recalled that he had a girlfriend whom he allowed to wear short shorts and ride the motorcycle with him, during a trip to a rebel-infested town during one campaign period. He said the people there were staring hard at her and her legs and he had asked her to allow the people to “touch a little” but not too pinch her. He said the same rules would apply to the soldiers.

Duterte also promised to raffle off some vacation packages, including an all-expense paid trip to Hong Kong with allowance, for the soldiers on the ground, particularly the women who are in the frontline.

He said he found it “unsettling” when he learned there women in the frontline and said he advised them to stay in the back and not to follow their commander when he tells them to start advancing to the battle ground.

The President again distributed some more “goods” to the soldiers, including watches and cigarettes which he said while dangerous to one’s health and could cause cancer, is needed by the soldiers who were under a lot of stress.
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