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Mocha Uson reappointed as OWWA Deputy Executive Director in Philippine Government

In Manila Philippines. An entertainer turned blogger Mocha Uson appointed President Rodrigo Duterte as a Deputy administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration on September 23, according to a list of new appointees released by MalacaƱang.

Uson was among the celebrities that heavily campaigned for Duterte in 2016. She was later appointed communications assistant secretary in May 2017 but resigned last year after a string of gaffes and controversies.

She had tried to secure a seat in the House of Representatives through party-list AA-Kasosyo. The group, however, lost in the May midterm elections.

Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite, meantime, said Uson's appointment was "illegal and should not be enforced" as losing candidates cannot be assigned to a government post within a year under the 1987 Constitution.

Gaite cited Section 6, Article IX B of the Constitution, which provides that:

“No candidate who has lost in any election, shall within one year after election, be appointed to any office in the government or any government-owned or controlled corporation or in any of its subsidiaries.” 

He also cited Section 94 of the Local Government Code, which states: "No elective or appointive local official shall be eligible for appointment or designation in any capacity to any public office or position during his tenure."

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez and Comelec Education and Information Division Dir. Atty. Frances Arabe, however, said the prohibitions do not apply to to partylist nominees.

She resigned from the PCOO in October last year which she said was her "sacrifice" in hopes of a swift approval by Congress of the P1.47-billion proposed budget of the PCOO for 2019.

Before her resignation, Uson had courted controversy for allegedly spreading disinformation online.


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