Nilinaw ng actor-singer na si JM Rodriguez ang kanyang social media post kung saan pinaratangan niya ang ilang kabataang gumamit ng “fake disabled IDs” para makapila sa priority lane ng isang bagong bukas na burger chain sa Taguig City.
Umalma rito ang ilang netizens at nakarating sa kaalaman ng Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Philippines, isang non-government organization na tumutulong sa mga taong may kapansanan.
Ayon sa PWD Philippines, hindi basta-basta makakakuha ng PWD ID.
Dagdag pa nila, may mga PWD na hindi makikita agad sa hitsura ang kapansanan kagaya ng cancer survivors, may lupus, at iba pa.
JM RODRIGUEZ'S LETTER TO PWD PHILIPPINES
Ngayong Biyernes ng gabi, May 31, ibinahagi ni JM sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang liham na ipinadala niya sa PWD Philippines upang ipaliwanag ang kanyang pinanggagalingan.
Bungad ni JM sa kanyang liham: “I hope you can hear me out.
"Just want to clear up my comment on kids using a fake PWD card.
“I am 100% in support of the rights of PWDs, and my post was to point out how using fake IDs or obtaining one through improper means diminishes the rights of those who are indeed PWD and entitled to benefits.”
Nanindigan si JM na peke ang ID na ipinakita ng mga batang kanyang tinukoy sa kanyang post.
Nagtawanan pa nga raw ang mga ito nang nakalusot ang kanilang "fake ID."
Saad niya: “The kids were laughing at being able to get away with the fake ID hencel I was upset (and paid 5k for it!).
“I made a stupid joke that I am jealous they were in the shorter line and not that they had a disability because I knew they did not.”
Gayunpaman, tinanggap ni JM ang kanyang pagkakamali nang sabihing dapat naka-wheelchair ang isang tao para masabing may kapansanan ito.
“You are absolutely right, however, to say that many disabilities are not visible.
“The logo is misleading (person in a wheelchair) for someone like me who is not oriented about PWD so in my ignorance I added that line but I appreciate you taking time to tag and send me the information on this.
“More power to your NGO!
“This mature and respectful way of educating citizens is something I truly appreciate and I do hope that we continue to be vigilant to people who try to cheat the system by using fake cards and documents so we can protect and not discriminate on those who truly are.”