- Mocha Uson explained her side after being named as one of the celebrities who performed at Bilibid
- Uson insisted the concert was officially sanctioned by Bucor and went through the ‘normal process’
- She also blamed the ‘Anti-Dutertes’ for maliciously linking her group to the Bilibid controversy
MANILA, Philippines – Mocha Uson has spoken up after her group was named as among those who allegedly held concerts for the inmates inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) during Senator Leila De Lima’s term as Justice Secretary.
In her popular Facebook page MOCHA USON BLOG, Uson admitted to have performed with her group at the Bilibid “late 2012 or early 2013”, but said they were just one of the many celebrities invited to grace the event.
She insisted it was a ‘formal concert’ that went through the ‘normal process’ and proper channels as any concert would have.
“Marami pong mga artista na nagsho-show dun at nagbibigay pag-asa sa mga bilanggo,” Uson explained. “Sa tingin ko naman po walang masama kung ito ay PORMAL na nanggaling sa opisyal ng BUCOR.”
[There were many celebrities who performed at the show and gave hopes to the inmates. As far as I could see, there is nothing wrong (with our concert) if it was officially endorsed by the BUCOR (Bureau of Correction).]
Uson, a staunch Duterte supporter, however, hit back at those who tried to maliciously link her group to the Bilibid controversy after convicted inmate Rodolfo Magleo said that the all-girl group Mocha Girls were among the many celebrities – like Rufa Mae Quinto, Ethel Booba, Sharon Cuneta, and Freddie Aguilar – who allegedly performed for the prisoners.
“Binibigyan lamang ito ng kulay ng ibang ANTI-DUTERTE dahil kami ay suporter ng ating Pangulo,” she wrote. “Itong mga DILAW na ito ay hindi na maipagtanggol si De Lima kaya kung anu-anong issue ang gustong ungkatin.”
[The Anti-Dutertes only tried to add some color to it because we are supporters of the President. The “Yellows” can no longer defend De Lima, that’s why they are trying to come up with other issues.]
Uson said they have nothing to be ashamed of by performing for the inmates at the Bilibid since the concert was official, and it was meant to bring genuine happiness and hope to those who once strayed from the laws of society.
“And for argument’s sake, kung bawal pala iyon hindi dapat ang mga Artista o Entertainer ang sisihin, dapat ang pamunuan ng BUCOR at dating SEC DE LIMA dahil sila ang nag-issue ng kaukulang permit upang makapag-concert sa loob,” she added.
[And for argument’s sake, if it was forbidden, they should blame the BUCOR and Sec. De Lima, not the artists, because they issued official permits to hold concerts inside.]
Read her full statement HERE.