SPECIAL Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go yesterday clarified that there was no pressure from the executive branch to have Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) assistant secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson to vacate her post.
In a televised interview, Go said that while Uson was not asked to resign, her resignation is expected to be accepted by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“There was no pressure,” said Go. “Actually, before she submitted the letter, she called me when she was out of the country and told me that she will resign.”
Uson was in the United States earlier this week as part of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The President’s special assistant said that Uson sent her letter of resignation on Tuesday, October 2, and this has already been forwarded to the President.
“We have received the letter (yesterday) and I was able to let the President know about it,” said Go. “I’m sure that the President will accept her resignation.”
Uson surprised the public on Wednesday after she announced her resignation from her post as a “sacrifice” in exchange for the approval of the PCOO budget.
The assistant secretary said that with her resignation, she is hoping PCOO’s proposed P1-billion budget will be approved quickly by Congress, even as she blamed “leftist” lawmakers who have issues against her for the delay in the budget’s approval.