- Mocha Uson has apologized to the deaf community over the ‘sign language’ video
- Uson said she’s taking full responsibility for her friend and blogger Drew Olivar
- She also vowed to be more active in guiding Olivar in their next outing
MANILA, Philippines – After drawing negative reactions over the controversial ‘sign language’ video, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has apologized to the deaf community.
In another video uploaded on her Mocha Uson Blog on Monday, the PCOO official said she is taking full responsibility for her friend and blogger, Drew Olivar, who appears to mimic a hearing-impaired person in the video and making sign language gestures.
Uson can also be heard laughing at Olivar’s latest antic while telling him he’s acting like a ‘monkey’.
“Kaya po sa ating mga kapatid sa deaf community nawa’y tanggapin n’yo ang aking sorry. Please forgive me,” said Uson in her video apology.
Uson likewise vowed to be more active in guiding her friend Olivar in their next outing.
The controversial clip drew criticisms from the PWD community who slammed the duo for their alleged violation of Section 39 ng RA 9442 or the Magna Carta for the Disabled Persons.
“Actions of this duo betray their true colors and character.Tunay na nagpakilala sila ng kanilang pagkatao sa panahong nakatikim sila ng kapangyarihan,” said the group PWD Philippines in a statement on Facebook. [Indeed it showed the true characters of those who have tasted power.]
Senator Nancy Binay also called on Uson and the PCOO official of her job as a public official and not to mock the people that she serves.
“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,” said Binay.
Last month, Uson and Olivar also came under fire over the federalism video wherein the latter was seen making lewd gestures while dancing to the now infamous ‘Pepederalismo’ tune.