It was supposed to be a video that would show the bravery of the Commander-in-Chief, personally visiting his soldiers and police in war-torn Marawi City.
The video, posted on Mocha Uson’s blog, had an aura of a Hollywood movie, complete with “Jaws”-like musical score. Some called it “melodramatic.”
It showed President Duterte in full military gear and weapon, along with his Special Assistant Bong Go.
Not a just a few souls questioned the need for Duterte and Go to don protective helmets, bullet-proof (we assume) clothing and ammunition (which we hope Go would know how to fire, just in case.)
But many argue that the president was in a war zone, where snipers could easily take him or his team out. And that is the truth, and we accept that argument.
But the war zone argument quickly fails as the video shows Mocha Uson — supposedly walking the streets of war-torn Marawi — without any protective helmet or bullet-proof attire. Very Hollywoodish super-heroine genre. Unless, of course, the video was somehow spliced together, but we’ll give the video our benefit of the doubt.
Uson, Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), was doing her job to cover the president’s visit with his military and police.
When journalists are imbedded with the military and ride or move along with military men and women in a combat zone, they, too, wear protective helmets and bullet-proof attire.
So we don’t understand what the video showed of ASEC Uson: open to unfriendly fire…