Duterte appoints bloggerr as MTRCB board member


President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed blogger and entertainer Margaux “Mocha” Uson as a board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

In a news conference on Thursday, Malacanang spokesman Ernesto Abella confirmed Uson’s appointment, which was made on January 3.

Uson’s term as MTRCB board member will expire on September 30, 2017, according to the appointment papers read out by Abella.

MTRCB Chairman Eugenio Villareal said Uson’s appointment papers are already with his agency.

“The MTRCB received recently a copy of Miss Uson’s appointment letter signed by the President but she is yet to assume office in the agency,” Villareal said in a text message.

When asked about her qualifications to be an MTRCB board member, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar cited Uson’s influence as a “blogger” and experience as an artist.

“What makes her not qualified? Mocha is an artist, she’s one of the biggest artists we have in the country. She’s been in the show business world for more than a decade already,” Andanar told reporters in a chance interview.

“She’s an educated person. She’s one of the biggest bloggers we have in the Philippines, very influential,” he said.

The MTRCB, which is under the Office of the President, is mandated to regulate and classify movies, television programs and publicity materials.

Created through Presidential Decree 1986, it is composed of a chairman, a vice chairman and 30 board members all appointed by the President.

As a board member, Uson will be part of a sub-committee that reviews movies or programs and recommends disapproval of a motion picture, TV show or publicity material.

Uson, a known supporter of President Duterte, was earlier chosen as the ambassador of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. CATHERINE S. VALENTE





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  1. aladin g. villacorte on

    Last December 21 I emailed the following commentary to another daily but it was never published. With Uson’s recent appointment my first reaction was “I told you so!”

    A horse as consul. . .

    Where Ms.Gina Lopez’s designation as DENR Secretary tends to electrify, some of the President’s star-studded appointments tend to mystify.

    Consider this: Tv presenter/newscaster Mario Andanar is now chief Malacanang spokesman, while Tv host Katherine de Castro is designated Tourism Undersecretary for Media Affairs. Aging jazz musician Ramon “RJ” Jacinto is made presidential adviser on economic affairs & information technology. Singer Aiza Seguerra is awarded the chair of the National Youth Commission, along with her partner, actress Mary Liza Diño, as chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Popstar Jimmy Bondoc and comedian Arnell Ignacio are now AVPs at PAGCOR for entertainment and community relations, respectively.

    This morning I woke up to the news that actor Cesar Montano had been sworn in as Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Board of Promotions. Why am I not surprised? Last time I heard, folk singer Freddie “Anak” Aguilar is being groomed to head the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Mocha Uson may not be far behind.

    As aptly observed by a columnist from another paper – “We may marvel about all these, but there was a time when the Roman Emperor thought he could make his horse a consul.”

    Ambassador Aladin G. Villacorte, Guest Lecturer, LPU