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Sotto apologizes for ‘single parent’ remark

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By Elena Aben

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday apologized for his remark about Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo being a single parent.

Sen Tito Sotto during a hearing at senate on april 13, 2015(Eugene Loriz Malasig)

Sen Tito Sotto during a hearing at senate (Eugene Loriz Malasig) Manila Bulletin File Photo

This even as he insisted that what he said was meant as a joke, adding that “anything under the sun about a nominee can be asked” during a confirmation hearing

“As I’ve said it was meant as a joke and everybody in the hall, almost everybody laughed. I don’t think it was done disrespectfully,” Sotto claimed. “But as I said, just to drive home the point, if they are offended then I apologize,” he added.

Sotto made the statement after he drew flak over what he said about Taguiwalo’s status as a single motherduring her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments (CA) yesterday.

“Just on the lighter side, Senator Drilon and I were looking at the personal info about you. You have two children – daughters or sons?” Sotto asked the DSWD secretary.

Taguiwalo confirmed that she has two daughters and that she is single.

Sotto then said: “In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag lang ay ‘na-ano lang’.”

The DSWD secretary responded to the senator’s remark by saying: “Mr. Sotto, I teach Women’s Studies so we respect all kinds of families, and that includes solo parents.”

“Thank you, you have my 100-percent support, Madam Secretary,” then told Taguiwalo.

Responding to criticisms he received over his controversial remark, Sotto said that “some people are overly sensitive or perhaps they didn’t realize it was the CA, therefore anything under the sun, even your socks I can question.”

“So then perhaps these are just people who are really not my fans so to speak,” he added.

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  • danaugust68

    Yes You can ask whatever question you think can be asked, but “please make it relevant to the issue”. Being a single parent do not have anything to do with her confirmation. Good Job Madam Secretary. May God Bless You.

  • Erwin Resultay

    would it be a joke then is I said Ciara Sotto as a single mom is “na-ano lang”? ah ang anak mo pala walang asawa pero may anak. So “NA ANO” lang sya hahahahahaha

    • Dutertard

      Well Said.. Well Said..

  • Dutertard

    Sinu bang bumoto sa putang inang ito.. Anak nya NA-ANO rin ah…si Ciara – baba.. anu ba yung NA-ANO?? NAKANTOT bigla wlang ama?? gago ka pala.. anak mo nga nagpa kantot bigla.. NA-ANO rin.. lahi pala kayo ng NA-ANO na basta basta nagpapakantot..

  • Alfie Brook

    Sen Sotto wants to lighten-up some tensions, iba-iba lng point of view ng tao. but i salute him for apologizing immediately

    • Charlie delos Santos

      RIGHT! it was meant to be a joke, his known to be a comedian after all

  • nelia cruz

    Single parent ako… madalas ko ginagamit yung Na Ano Lang ako. Anung problema dun? So binastos k ba mga katulad kong single mom? Kitid ng utak.

  • nelia cruz

    Bash niyo pa si Sotto. This is still publicity.

  • sisa monet

    Please don’t impose that your standards is superior compared to others. Learn to respect. The use of street parlance is not mean for as long as its true.

  • sisa monet

    Dear netizens, Hindi pa rin ba natin matanggap na may tama siya kasi yun naman tawag sa mga babae na Hindi maexplain bakit may anak sila. Wag ng Maki IN Lang.

  • marshall bruno

    Paghindi mo gusto comment ko then you can screw yourself. Totoo naman na Kung single ka at may anak Na Ano ka…ang masama Kung sinabi ko masama kang babae dahil naano ka.

  • mario villegas

    Sotto made people uncomfortable by calling it what it is. No need to be defensive it is what it is

  • boy macho

    Maraming mga babae na may anak yan ang description ng kanila has sinapit. Anu Mali doon? Ginagamit ng iba. Hindi naman Bago yan. OA mga netizens.

  • tim simeon

    This is still a publicity.. senator for vice president

  • eman factor

    Sotto won’t be at the losing end here. He already won. Free advertising courtesy of bashers and haters.

  • eman factor

    Mga ipokrito mga netizens, pag artista ang bida ayaw agad Nila. Sen. Sotto will be always be a victim and you know what that means…sympathy is just around the corner.

  • eman factor

    Is it just me or they just took this issue into oblivion. What a waste of time?

  • eman factor

    Yung mga celebrities na Na Ano naging good example ba kayo sa mga kabataan?

  • eman factor

    All those who got offended obviously didn’t understand the exchange between the two. Too quick to react, now they are being bashed for being ksp.

  • victor robles

    ito ang hindi alam ng mga tao, hindi mo pwede ihiwalay ang karanasan mo sa iyong pagkatao, kasama po iyan sa iyong pagkatao, bakit gusto ng iba ihiwalay? hindi ko maintindihan, ang sabi pa ng iba, personal na buhay daw. kaya ang tao nalilito na.

  • victor robles

    hmmm… sa isang banda, mas nahighlight ang pagiging single mother than a communist. smart din si sotto.

  • victor robles

    Kung para po sa iba ininsulto ni sen. sotto si sec. taguiwalo, nanggaling na po kay sen. sotto na JOKE lang po yun, and nagsorry na po sya, sana naman tanggapin at intindihin din ng iba…

  • Boy Guzman

    Tito Sotto has never been known to treat women unfairly.

  • Alfie Brook

    I still support senator. no matter what

  • boy macho

    Yung reports of angry netizens is not a direct reflection of the true sentiments of the Filipino people. You have Manny pacquiao and Tito Sotto as living testament.

  • boy macho

    My problem with all these noisy netizens is their arguement is too weak.

  • boy macho

    Sisihin niyo naginvent ng Na Ano!

  • dek singson

    Single parent ako… madalas ko ginagamit yung Na Ano Lang ako. Anung problema dun? So binastos k ba mga katulad kong single mom? Kitid ng utak.

  • dek singson

    These same netizens don’t care about good news they only like to join the bandwagon when the issue is stupid and simple.

  • dette nonato

    The Sotto Na Ano Lang issue is giving him millions of free airtime for an issue that is disputable. Free airtime establishes more retention. Therefore whatever you comment won’t matter because while this issue is hot he will always get an upperhand.

  • dette nonato

    There is no such thing as negative publicity. Looks like he is getting too much airtime from something said in jest.

  • darlene chang

    At least yung Sotto matapang kahit na binabash siya. Ikaw kaya mabash ng mga di mo kilala siguro mahirap din.

  • darlene chang

    Si Sotto na naman issue…Baka maging presidente na yan.

  • darlene chang

    At least yung Sotto matapang kahit na binabash siya. Ikaw kaya mabash ng mga di mo kilala siguro mahirap din.

  • darlene chang

    Si Sotto na naman issue…Baka maging presidente na yan.

  • france go

    Basta Hindi siya corrupt, drug addict, Hindi rapist okay ka sa akin. K Lang hang Sotto wag mo pansinin mga kritikal na tao.

  • nadia alano

    Kaya wala ng dating mga netizens eh. Sotto Lang Hindi pa matalo.

  • nadia alano

    Kung talagang nainsulto ang marami magfile kayo ng ethics case sa Senate. Kayo ang Bastos. Laki ng issue ng DENR para idivert niyo sa stupid na issue.

  • cris buto

    Yung Sotto favorite whipping boy ng mga netizens dahil sa sobrang ingit Nila. Pwes mamatay kayo sa inggit.

  • cris buto

    Why is it too big, too many self righteous people here. Nakakaloka!

  • cris buto

    Kakabash niyo Kay Sotto Baka maging presidente pa yan.

  • cris buto

    I find his Na Ano statement a comic relief. He just saved the secretary from further embarrassment. I think it’s funny since the people in the CA laughed too. Laughter is the best medicine and at least some people got a dose of that.

  • Dork Mcphee

    Being sorry for telling the truth? You crucify Sotto for being to sensitive. Move on na.

  • Dork Mcphee

    I agree that solo parents should not be insulted but what Sotto said doesn’t is not disrespecting at all. No need to say sorry.

  • Dork Mcphee

    I find his Na Ano statement a comic relief. He just saved the secretary from further embarrassment. I think it’s funny since the people in the CA laughed too. Laughter is the best medicine and at least some people got a dose of that.

  • bart singson

    Taguiwalo, you won’t divert this issue over Na Ano. You should be punished for being an Ex NPA.

  • bart singson

    We really need to up our level of making comments in social media. When it’s Sotto it’s always gutter languange and ghetto comments.

  • bart singson

    Maraming may personal na galit dito. Hindi naman niya kasalanan na naano ka. Please be objective not emotional.

  • beth fang

    Why do we have a secretary na dating against sa government. Dapat siya ang nag public apology for being NPA. Marami silang naging kasalan sa bayan.

  • beth fang

    Taguiwalo was raped kaya she was evading the question. Kasi talagang Na Ano siya. But that is in the past, she is even an dswd secretary even if she used to be NPA.

  • beth fang

    Answering the question directly could have made this issue a non-existent one. Buti si Sotto nagtanung Kung si Drilon yan o Cayetano patay na confirmation ni Judy

  • yuri miwa

    Why do we have a secretary na dating against sa government. Dapat siya ang nag public apology for being NPA. Marami silang naging kasalan sa bayan.

  • yuri miwa

    Halata naman mga RH trolls pa ito. They haven’t offered anything substantial for people to agree with them.

  • yuri miwa

    Federation of solo parents is making Sotto their champion for their advocacy, bakit Hindi Gabriela mga artistang nagpost na for single parents sila. What an irony!!!!