A deaf student, Mininio Buhat, was bashed on Facebook recently because of his post filled with grammatical errors. The screenshot of his post went viral fast as many commenters made fun of his broken English.
This caught the attention of film director Mike Sandejas who defended the student saying, “Deaf people rarely have a mastery of English Grammar because they only understand English as used in sign language which is shorthand in nature. The writing ability sometimes is still being developed while in college.”
He mocked those who cyberbullied Buhat and told them to better understand the plight of deaf people. “I am outraged by how people are so quick to judge others by their use of English. This is why I made the film Dinig Sana Kita. To open the eyes of hearing people to the world of the Deaf so that they will not be insulted like this,” he said.
He added, “SHAME ON ALL OF YOU WHO POSTED THIS IN JEST! Just the same no one should judge people by their inability to use English, whether Deaf or non-Deaf.”
The director’s post went viral as well, garnering over 3,000 shares on Facebook as of posting time. You can view his original post and the comments left by supporters in this link.
Buhat is a student of College of St. Benilde School for Deaf. Sandejas figured out that the person behind the ungrammatical post was deaf because he “saw a pattern in the misuse of English that I have seen before in my dealings with Deaf people”.
Sandejas also claimed to have found the actors of his film “Dinig Sana Kita” in the same school where Buhat is attending. The movie was released in 2013 during the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. It was the first Filipino film that starred a deaf actor in a lead role.