Monday, September 17, 2018

No comment! Malacañang to PCOO Asec. Mocha Uson new video controversy

DDS blogger Drew Olivar and PCOO ASec. Mocha Uson. Image credit to The Young Observer
PCOO (Presidential Communications Operations Office) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and DDS blogger Drew Olivar is on hot seat again because of the controversial video they posted on Facebook to promote their DWIZ noontime radio show. 

In the said video that gone viral, Uson instructed Olivar to do sign language. And with no hesitation, Olivar did what Uson said. 

“Mag-language sign ka (Do sign language).” Olivar obliged, then proceeded to make fun of it.

Photo credit to Facebook/ Mocha Uson

Photo credit to Facebook/ Mocha Uson
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that he  would leave the issue to PCOO (Presidential Communications Operations Office) Secretary Martin Andanar.

On the other hand, Andanar said he will into the matter. 

“I will discuss this with the team,” he told reporters in a text message.

Deaf groups hold a meeting at the College of St. Benilde following the viral video.
Photo credit to

Deaf groups hold a meeting at the College of St. Benilde following the viral video.
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Meanwhile, Philippine Federation of the Deaf find the video of Uson and Olivar insulting because sign language is their way of communicating to people and should not make fun of it. 

According to Carolyn Dagani, president of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) there are almost 55 deaf organization in the the country and what Olivar did is a sign of disrespect to them. 

"They were making fun of our sign language. And then they were using gestures that were very, bastos na sex na nga 'yung ibang mga … sexual in nature 'yung ibang mga sina-sign nila. Tinawag na parang unggoy tapos making sounds. You know that's the deaf voice, that's our voice and they shouldn't make fun of that,"  Dagani said. 

Henry Perey, the secretary of PFD said, the video of Uson and Olivar brings back his memories to people who did mock him during his childhood days. 

"It was very insulting. I've experienced dati 'no, nu'ng bata ako, growing up . We would talk to each other in the jeep through sign language tapos may mga tao na, lolokohin kami, they would make fun of our signing," Perey said. 

The group will convene to discuss what steps they will take because there is a law violated Uson, particularly the Magna Carta for Persons With Disability.

In such law, the Section. 39 forbidden to make humor, mimic or meddle with pen, speech or action of persons with disability.

The convicted offender shall be liable for at least P50,000 to P100,000 or imprisonment of not less than six months but not exceeding two years for the first offense.

In the second offense, P100,000 to P200,000 can be fined and imprisonment from two years to six years.

"As a government official she should know that, 'di ba? that she did a violation to a particular law," sabi ni Perey.

In a separate video post, both Uson and Olivar apologized for what they did.

However, Dagani said saying sorry was not enough if they keep on doing the same mistake most especially she is a public servant in the government. 

"Kasi sorry, tapos uulitin tapos, so-sorry lang ulit tapos uulitin na naman,"  Dagani said thru sign language. 


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Sources: InquirerGMA