No annexes, wrong date: Is Akbayan Youth’s complaint against Mocha Uson solid enough?

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 YouthAkbayan 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.

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[NEWS] President Rodrigo Duterte’s Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth 2016

Duterte’s 2016 wealth now P27.4 M, up by P3.35 M in six months
Vince F. Nonato


Click this image to download the June 2016 and December 2016 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth of President Rodrigo Duterte.


President Rodrigo Duterte’s wealth by the end of 2016 has slightly grown to P27.43 million, an increase of P3.35 million during his first six months as chief executive.

When Mr. Duterte entered office on June 30, his net worth was declared to be P24.08 million, according to his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth dated August 10 and April 18.

The SALNs were obtained from the Office of the Ombudsman upon request by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and a few other publications (Rappler, The Philippine Star, The Manila Times, ABS-CBN, and CNN Philippines), subject to a P40 processing fee.

Mr. Duterte’s assets grew to P28.43 million by the end of 2016, from P25.18 million when he entered office.

To compare, President Benigno Aquino III’s wealth increased during the first semester of his presidency by P4.8 million. According to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, his declared net worth are as follows: P54.999 million in December 2010, P50.19 million in June 2010, and only P15.44 million in December 2009 prior to the campaign period.

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