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Sanctions sought vs. Mocha Uson, Drew Olivar for ‘mocking’ deaf community

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Blogger Drew Olivar doing a parody of sign language in a viral video with Asec. Mocha Uson | Image grabbed from Mocha Uson Blog FB

 

(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines – Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and her blogger-friend Drew Olivar have stirred another controversy.

This time the two were seen doing a parody on sign language.

Olivar posted a video of him mimicking a deaf person, and doing a sign language version of his controversial ‘ipederalismo’ dance.

He even mimicked how deaf people sound when they try hard to talk.

In the video, Uson can be heard laughing in the background, seemingly in approval of Olivar’s actions.

As expected, the video which Uson posted on her Facebook blog on September 14, 2018, had gone viral and earned heavy backlash on social media and advocates of the deaf community.

Senator Nancy Binay, in a statement, said: “It is disrespectful to the sizeable deaf/mute community who already struggle in airing their concerns and aspirations.”

The author and co-sponsor of the Filipino Sign Language Bill added: ”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 reminded Uson of her role as public servant and that she should “refrain from mocking the people she serves.” She also warned everyone, including Uson, that “making fun of persons with disabilities is in violation of the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons (Republic Act (RA) 9442).”

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in a statement, meanwhile, urged the government to penalize Uson and Olivar citing RA 9442 “which penalizes verbal, non-verbal ridicule and vilification against persons with disability.”

“We call on the government to take action against Mr. Olivar and Asec. Uson, and impose the appropriate penalties as provided by law,” the school’s President Dennis Magbanua added in the statement.

On September 17, Olivar apologized for the controversial video on Facebook Live.

“Kung tanggapin man po ninyo o hindi, iyong sorry ko, sorry pa rin po ako nang sorry, kasi hindi nga po tama ang ginawa ko. Sa mga nasaktan ko, sa (deaf) community, I hope nararamdaman nyo po ang nasa puso ko. Taos puso po akong humihingi ng tawad sa inyong lahat,” he said in his 18-minute video with a promise to control his actions in the future.

Uson followed with her public apology as well.

“Humingi na po ng paumanhin si Andrew Olivar sa kanyang pagsa-sign language ng pabiro. Gayunpaman, I take full responsibility sa ginawa ng aking radio show partner at kaibigan. Kaya po sa ating mga kapatid sa deaf community, nawa’s tanggapin nyo po ang aking sorry. Please forgive me,” Mocha said in a 30-second video on her personal blog while gesturing her apology.

Meanwhile, the Persons With Disability (PWD) Philippines on its Facebook page on Monday (September 17) posted their acceptance of Olivar’s apology to “put the matter to rest.”

On the other hand, the Philippine Federation of the Deaf has filed a complaint against Uson and Olivar over the sign language video.  —  Marje Pelayo

 

 

 

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PNP to charge blogger Drew Olivar over bomb joke

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

Blogger Drew Olivar during his interview with UNTV’s Get it Straight with Daniel Razon

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is serious over filing charges against blogger Drew Olivar for his post that insinuated threats of a bomb explosion.

According to PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde, Olivar will face charges in violation of Presidential Decree 1727 or malicious dissemination of false information of any threat concerning bombs, explosives or any similar device.

This, Albayalde said, even after Olivar expressed remorse on the matter.

“Si Drew Olivar has learned his lesson and he will be charged for violation of PD 1727 regarding bomb jokes. Hindi lamang siya maaaresto but he will be formally charged in court,” said Albayalde.

In his post on Friday, September 21,  Olivar warned of an alleged bomb explosion that might happen in EDSA coinciding with the commemoration of the declaration of martial law under the Marcos regime.

Last Saturday, Olivar appeared before PNP officials to apologize, saying his post was intended for his friends and family.

According to Section 1of the PD 1727, “Any person who, by word of mouth or through the use of the mail, telephone, telegraph, printed materials and other instrument or means of communication, willfully makes any threat or maliciously conveys, communicates, transmits, imparts, passes on, or otherwise disseminates false information, knowing the same to be false, concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made to kill, injure, or intimidate any individual or unlawfully to damage or destroy any building, vehicle, or other real or personal property, by means of explosives, incendiary devices, and other destructive forces of similar nature or characteristics, shall upon conviction be punished with imprisonment of not more than five (5) years, or a fine or not more than forty thousand pesos (P40,000.00) or both at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction over the offense herein defined and penalized.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Ombudsman can order Mocha Uson’s dismissal – Palace

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Image grabbed from Mocha Uson Blog FB

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang assured on Thursday, September 20, that it will treat with utmost respect whatever the Office of the Ombudsman will decide on the case against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

Deaf advocates filed a complaint against Uson and her friend blogger Drew Olivar after another controversial video of them surfaced on social media. The video showed Olivar parodying the sign language while Mocha can be heard laughing at his antics.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said they will abide by the Ombudsman should he rule to dismiss Uson. But for the meantime, President Rodrigo Duterte has not issued any order yet against Uson related to the recent controversy.

“Let’s wait for the investigation of the Ombudsman dahil mayroon namang ganyang complaint. The Ombudsman can order the dismissal of anyone in the government because it is both administrative at criminal case. Igagalang po ng palasyo ang proseso, pag sinabi ng Ombudsman sibakin, di po natin tututulan iyan,” Roque concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Mocha Uson claims federalism video used to shadow election fraud probe

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

 

 

Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – For the first time since their controversial video together, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger Drew Olivar appeared on a live interview on Wednesday (August 22) to clarify their side of the story.

Uson claimed that critics of the administration only used their video to divert attention from the then ongoing Senate probe on alleged 2016 election fraud.

“Kasi ganito po ang nangyari. Hindi ba mayroong Senate hearing on electoral fraud? Thursday po iyong video namin. Pinakaunang hearing nina Atty. Glenn Chong, parang Monday ata iyon, hindi pinansin ng media. Kaya nga po nagrereklamo iyong ating mga kababayan (kung) bakit hindi kinover ng media…Pakiramdam namin ginamit itong isyu na ito upang pagtakpan,” argued Uson.

Uson and Olivar remained unapologetic though they acknowledged the negative impact of their actions.

“If you want me to apologize, I will because I know that you are a true person. Pero hindi ako mag-aapologize lang dahil hindi ninyo ako gusto,” said Uson.

“Hindi ako magso-sorry sa ginawa ko dahil naniniwala ako na ang sorry ay nakakapagpagaan lang iyan ng loob pero hindi nakakapagtama ng mali. Kaya kung mali man iyon, sige itatama ko. Pero hindi ako magso-sorry,” said Olivar.

The controversial duo stressed that their intentions were never to disrespect the idea of federalism. They even hit back against their critics.

“Wala kaming intensyon na bastusin ang federalism. Wala kaming intensyon na bastusin ang saligang batas,” ASec. Mocha explained.

“Hindi malaswa ang ginawa ko. Kayo lang ang nag-iisip ng malaswa. Kayo ang malaswa,” Olivar maintained.

When asked if their video helped in the promotion of federalism, the two believe they somehow called the attention of the public to delve into the real essence of the idea which the Duterte administration is primarily advocating.

“May malaking pagbabago. Talagang nagising ang mga tao. After ng video namin, may nakikita ako na mayroon nang gumagawa ng explanation nila, sa mga post nila, na nagse-share ng mga insights nila,” Olivar said referring to the comments he received  on social media.

“Nag-iisip kami ng paraan kung paano mapag-uusapan (ang pederalismo). Dahil sa video, pumatok siya at napag-usapan,” Uson explained. –

To keep the interest of the public, the duo plans to create a shortfilm about federalism as their own way of supporting the government’s campaign. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo

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