Ogie Diaz on Mocha Uson’s loss in 2019 elections: ‘Nag relax siya’
Former assistant communications secretary Mocha Uson’s party list group failed to get a single seat in Congress — and actor-comedian-talent manager Ogie Diaz surmised it may be because she relaxed instead of campaigning hard.
“Feeling ko hindi siya nagka-campaign. Nag relax siya,” he said via Facebook on May 16. “Akala niya siguro, mata-translate into votes ang milyon-milyon niyang followers kahit sitting pretty niya.”
(I feel like she didn’t campaign. She was relaxed. She probably thought her millions of followers would translate to votes even though she just sits pretty).
At this moment, at full throttle, Uson boasts of 5.7 million followers on Facebook alone. But this great number seems not to have translated in the midterm election, as her AA-Kasosyo party list ranked 73rd in the polls.
Diaz’s sentiments echoed that of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who found it incredible Uson’s party list did not make the top ranks. As per Panelo, Uson probably did not focus on campaigning or was overconfident with her five million followers online.
Diaz explained that voters probably did not like how Uson is a lackey to President Rodrigo Duterte, hopping on issues even if her stance is supposedly wrong, and resorts to “fake news.”
“Kaya siguro feeling ng mga botante, ‘Hindi yata niya alam kung ano yung marginalized sector na gusto niyang ipaglaban kasi mas busy siya sa pang-aaway sa mga umaaway sa mga taong love niya kesa i-prioritize niya yung sektor na gusto niyang ipaglaban,’” he said.
(Perhaps the voters felt, “Uson probably does not know the marginalized sector she wants to fight for because she’s too busy attacking those who criticize the people she loves instead of prioritizing said sector.”)
Diaz added that not all of Uson’s social media followers support her and some probably are just there to observe and get in on the gossip. He used himself as an example and said not all of his 250,000 organic followers on Facebook probably like him.
“Higit sa lahat, alam niyang hindi lahat ng fb followers ay gusto siya o mahal siya,” said Diaz. “Dahil kahit ako ay may 250k plus followers sa fb— na organic, ha?—hindi naman din lahat yan, gusto ako. Yung iba o karamihan, tsismosa lang o observer lang o ayaw lang mahuli sa balita.”
(Most of all, she knows not all of her Facebook followers like or love her. Even I, with 250,000 organic followers on Facebook, I cannot say that all of them like me. Some or most of them are just gossipmongers, or observers, or do not want to be late on the news.) JB
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