There’s no need to mince words here: Netflix’s first Philippine-made original drama meets the expectations of both people who are supportive of the Duterte administration’s War on Drugs as a valid means of cracking down on a long-neglected problem, and those fearful of its disregard for human rights, the presumption of innocence and the rule of law.
Akbayan Youth may have crafted a #FireMocha social media campaign that Liberal Party loyalists surely lapped up. But, is their administrative complaint seeking the dismissal of former sexy starlet Mocha Uson from the government solid enough to withstand the Ombudsman’s scrutiny?
Perhaps, few people outside the administration would defend Uson. But, try to look at things from a legal perspective.
For one, the 10-page complaint (click this link: Eala et al v Uson) filed on Monday—or at least the copies they showed—did not have a single annex, or piece of evidence.
Akbayan Youth, which is politically aligned with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, chants: “How do you like your Mocha? Fired!”
There was not even a single screenshot of the social media posts, although to be fair, these were (understandably) already taken down by Uson after being called out and mocked by people who were not rabid fanatics of President Duterte.
This would not be the first time a complainant would come with allegations while expecting the Ombudsman to fill in the blanks—but complaints rarely come there without any evidence or sworn affidavits.
Akbayan Youth explicitly claimed Uson’s social media slip-ups were “deliberate,” and most people outside the Diehard Duterte Supporters’ echo chamber would likely agree. However, in legal proceedings, respondents are always presumed “innocent until proven guilty” and the burden of proof is always on the accuser.
Isn’t it weird how being out of college makes you throw any shred of integrity out the window? Isn’t it sad how easy it is to draw a paycheck just by mooching off your peers’ hard work?
Ah, but it’s more comfortable to just sit on your ass in your online media company’s air-conditioned, WiFi-connected office. You’re thinking, perhaps, that there is no reason to go to the Sandiganbayan only to be frustrated at the lack of cellphone reception and reek of the canteen’s intrusive smell.