By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine Army Tuesday, said that Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Board member and social media consultant/blogger Margauz Justiano “Mocha” Uson, backed out as one of their resource speakers during the 10th Senior Leaders Conference at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, from March 20 to 21, 2017.
According to Army Spokesman Colonel Benjamin Hao, they received on Monday night (March 20) a letter from Uson informing them that she will not anymore attend the conference.
Uson was scheduled to speak on Tuesday (March 21) but decided not to go through with it, after the Philippine Army received negative comments for inviting her.
“The criticisms and the bashing that the Philippine Army received is too exaggerated. Our soldiers who are in remote areas of our country, sacrificing their lives and blood for us. Our soldiers do not deserve this bashing. Please have mercy on those who give their life in the name of peace,” Uson said in a blog on her Facebook page.
Hao, in a statement, said “the Philippine Army fully respects her decision,” and added that her scheduled 15-minute talk will instead be allotted for an open discussion with the two other speakers — Pompee La Viña and Abe Olandres.
Hao earlier said the Philippine Army invited Uson to the Senior Leaders Conference to share her ideas on the topic, “The Challenges of a Social Media Personality.”
“The objective of our annual Senior Leaders’ Conference is to promote awareness on security challenges through discussions with resource persons on various disciplines that have impact on national security. The conference discussed a total of 10 different topics,” Hao said.
“The Philippine Army asked Ms. Uson to discuss relevant information and her experiences as a blogger who has 4.8 million likers on her account,” Hao added.
The conference which has a theme: “Embracing Diversity, Building a Strong Army,” was held at the Ricarte Hall, Philippine Army Officers’ Clubhouse in Fort Bonifacio.