Don’t disrespect the deaf, Binay tells Uson and blogger-friend

Published September 17, 2018, 5:11 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Marjaleen Ramos

Senator Nancy Binay called out on Monday Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and her friend, pro-Duterte blogger Drew Oliver, for making fun of sign language in their video post.

Senator Nancy Binay (Senate of the Philippines official Facebook page / AMNIAL BULLETIN)
Senator Nancy Binay
(Senate of the Philippines official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

In the video shared on Thursday, Uson was heard laughing as she watched Olivar mimic sign language, while making sounds as if he were unable to speak.

“Hindi nakakatuwa ang huling video ni Asec. Mocha Uson at Drew Olivar. It is disrespectful to the sizeable deaf/mute community who already struggle in airing their concerns and aspirations,” she said.

Binay, who authored the Filipino Sign Language as an official medium of instruction and mode of communications in educating deaf people in the country, said she was worried on the impact of this kind of mockery and disrespect to the impaired.

“Such discriminatory actions set back our efforts to make our society more inclusive by providing a more conducive environment for deaf Filipinos to exercise their right to expression without prejudice,” she said.

“I wish to remind Asec. Mocha that as a public official, it is paramount that she refrain from mocking the people she serves,” she added.

Binay also reminded the public that making fun of persons with disabilities is in violation of the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons (Republic Act (RA) 9442).

She reiterated that sign language should never be made an amusement piece.

This was not the first time that the Mocha and Olivar went in hot water. Last August, Olivar made a lewd dance about federalism in Uson’s Facebook live video.