The mistake of Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, when she said that Mayon Volcano is in Naga instead of Albay, caused her tons of criticisms from netizens as well. But on the other hand, it can help a lot in promoting tourism in the province, according to Department of Tourism (DOT) Bicol Regional Director Benjamin Santiago.
“The more they talk about it, the more na nagiging popular ang Mayon sa mga hindi taga Albay,” Santiago was quoted as saying in a recent interview, according to Bicol Standard. As a reaction, Mocha Uson thanked the DOT official for still being positive about her mistake. She has also apologized for it, saying that she’ll do better next time.
According to Uson, her mistake is very small but is being used to cover bigger issues such as the Dengvaxia scare, the money that Liberal Party (LP) Senator Franklin received from alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, and the eruption of Mayon Volcano, which she described as being located in Naga, instead of Albay.
“Ginagamit po ng ilang mga tao itong maliit na issue sa award para pagtakpan’ yung issue ng Dengvaxia, issue ng pagtanggap diumano ni Senator Drilon ng pera galing kay Napoles, at yung pinakamahalaga pa yung nangyayari sa Naga, ‘yang pag-aalburuto ng Mayon volcano,” Mocha Uson said in an eight-minute Facebook video.
And as added controversy, some celebrities also reacted on Mocha’s mistake. This includes Lea Salonga, Ethel Booba, and Kapamilya actor Enchong Dee. “Makauwi na nga sa probinsya ko. Balita ko, may bago kaming bulkan. (I want to go to home to my province. I heard we have a new volcano.)” Dee tweeted last Wednesday.
For this, the Mocha Girls slammed Enchong Dee. “Ano ang tawag mo sa lalaking nangbubully ng babae? Bakla o supot? (What do you call a man who bullies a woman? Gay or uncircumcised?” Mocha Girls wrote on their Facebook page on Wednesday. And for that, netizens criticized the sexy dance group, accusing them of bullying the young actor.
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