Alumni of the University of the Philippines based in Singapore were surprised to discover that the Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service to Presidential Communications was given to Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson.
They denounce the said awarding.
UST bestowing upon Mocha Uson the Thomasian for Gov’t Service Award is a huge insult to all honest, hardworking, principled gov’t workers. You don’t award trolls, who divide the nation w/ lies, propaganda, & fake news. You chastise them & make an example of them—not glorify them.
— Francis B. Baraan IV (@MrFrankBaraan) January 21, 2018
LOOK: In a statement, UST's Journalism Society denounces move to recognize Mocha Uson for her service in government and urges alumni association to revoke Uson's award. pic.twitter.com/1jVo0rL4oq
— The Varsitarian (@varsitarianust) January 22, 2018
#ICYMI: Henry Tenedero, president of the UST Alumni Association, said the Thomasian Alumni in Government Service Award which was given to Mocha Uson did not follow any specific criteria.
— The Varsitarian (@varsitarianust) January 21, 2018
UST Alumni Chapter in Singapore’s (USTACS) stand is that Ms. Uson has been using media to serve political interest and not the real upholding of truth. The UST motto “Veritas in Caritate” or “Truth in Charity” does not reflect the kind of work she had done in the past and even at the present time.
USTACS “Ms. Uson, who is known to purvey fake news for the purpose of advancing her personal agenda, does not embody the core values that real Thomasians uphold,”
They said the citation on Uson’s award by the UST Alumni Association Inc. (USTAAI) was “utterly fallacious and bereft of the truth,” and did not reflect her performance as assistant secretary.
Furthermore, the members of the alumni said Uson “brings not honor but embarrassment to UST as she conveniently bends the truth and uses her government position to purposely attack her opponents and critics of the current administration.”
It adds”Honoring her with this citation is a serious error in judgement and an affront to the sensibilities of a huge segment of the Thomasian community,”
Due to the pressure and backlash from the alumni community USTAAI president Henry Tenedero shall review the need to revoke the decision.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., meanwhile, said the award validated Uson’s appointment to the government.
For its part, the UST administration said USTAAI was a separate corporate entity from the university.
Meanwhile, UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said he was not informed of Uson’s award when he was invited to celebrate mass during the alumni homecoming event held over the weekend