As I was looking for books about deaf in our school’s mini-library, I found this old newspaper clipping inserted in one of them. Although this news item came about almost eight years ago, printed in April 6, 2000 at Philippine Star, this issue is as timely as today’s happenings. So I decided to post this as part of my blog as a reminder for our continued struggle against discrimination of any kind. 🙂
Davao City – Ombudsman Aniano Desierto has suspended for six months without pay the principal of a special school for the disabled here, ironically, for discriminating against teachers and students of the institution who have physical disabilities.
Desierto warned Florita Masing, Head of the Davao City Integrated Special School, of a stiffer penalty should she again commit the same offenses.
Investigator Joy Arao found evidence that Masing was guilty of oppression, misconduct and discourtesy.
The Ombudsman acted on the complaint of a teacher who claimed Masing refused to promote her because she was deaf and even maligned her by spreading rumors that she begged the Civil Service Commission for a higher rank.