- Uson and Olivar came under fire again over their latest controversial video
- In the clip, Olivar mimics a hearing-impaired person while Uson laughs
- Senator Binay said sign language should never be made an ‘amusement piece’
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary and blogger Drew Olivar are again under fire for supposedly mocking persons with disability (PWD) in the latest video they uploaded on social media.
Uson uploaded the video last September 14 wherein Olivar can be seen pretending to be a hearing-impaired person doing the sign language. The controversial PCOO official can also be heard laughing at Olivar’s latests antic.
In a statement, Senator Nancy Binay said the video is not funny and is “disrespectful to the sizeable deaf/mute community who already struggle in airing their concerns and aspirations.”
“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,” the senator said.
Binay, who authored the bill seeking the adoption of ‘Filipino Sign Language’ as the official language of instruction and communication in the country, also reminded Uson about her job as a public official and not to mock the people that she serves.
“Sign language should never be made an amusement piece,” Binay added.
“Actions of this duo betray their true colors and character,” the group said. “Tunay na nagpakilala sila ng kanilang pagkatao sa panahong nakatikim sila ng kapangyarihan.” [Indeed it showed the true characters of those who have tasted power.]