PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he respects Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson’s decision to go against his advice to apologize to TV host-actress Kris Aquino over a controversial video post on her Facebook page.
“As I respect the opposition, I must also respect the people in my camp. She invoked her right to freedom of expression. Once mag-invoke ka n’yan, wala akong magawa,” said Duterte in a press conference after inaugurating the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Passenger Terminal 2.
Duterte added that he doesn’t control Uson and she had invoked a sacred right.
The President admitted he asked his aide, Bong Go, to send his apology to Aquino for Uson’s post of a video footage of the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. being kissed on the lips by a woman aboard a plane shortly before he was gunned down in the tarmac of the then Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983.
Uson posted the video to defend Duterte against criticisms over his kissing of a Filipina onstage during a meeting with the Filipino community in Seoul on Sunday as part of his state visit to South Korea.
Aquino reacted to the video on social media saying Uson hurt her feelings for disrespecting her father.
Aquino also sent an SMS to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go complaining about the video. Go apologized to her and also relayed Duterte’s apology.
Uson on Wednesday posted a video on her Facebook blog telling Aquino that the video is not about her.