- Karen Davila blasted Manny Gonzalez, a shareholder of the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
- Gonzalez went viral for lecturing a mother of a child with autism who visited the said resort
- The ABS-CBN news anchor blasted Gonzalez for being disrespectful towards the mother
- According to Davila, Gonzalez’s apology for his initial post seems to be a non-apology
Karen Davila took to social media to slam Manny Gonzalez, a shareholder of the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa in Cebu.
Gonzalez became controversial for lecturing and insulting a mother of a child with autism who visited the said resort.
The mother posted a review of the resort, saying that she was called out and reprimanded by two lifeguards because her autistic child was “squealing with delight” when swimming in the water.
On a now-deleted post on TripAdvisor, Gonzalez told the mother that screaming is not a symptom of autism and urged her to use Google to check the symptoms of autism.
Davila, who is also a mother of a person with autism, blasted Gonzalez for being disrespectful towards the mother.
She also argued that Gonzalez’s apology for his initial post seems to be insincere.
"Shame on you, Manny Gonzales of Plantation Bay, for trying to school a parent of a child with autism on what the symptoms are. You are a disgrace to the tourism industry…
"I stand up for all parents of kids with special needs. I understand our responsibility to manage the behavior of our children, [but] no parent deserves to be treated in this manner. A non-apology apology just hurts even more…
“And to school a parent of a child with autism and say, ‘For your information... or Google autism.’
“Napakasama na insultuhin pa ng ganoon ang magulang gayung hindi naman siya duktor o eksperto sa autism,” Davila tweeted.
Karen Davila is a journalist, radio broadcaster, news anchor and television presenter in the Philippines. She is best known for her news programs on ABS-CBN.
The newscaster went viral months ago for sharing her sentiments on the retrenchment of many employees in the Kapamilya network. The prominent Kapamilya broadcaster even compared the pain she feels to "death by a thousand cuts.”
She also expressed her heartbreak after Ces Drilon confirmed that she has been let go by ABS-CBN. Karen Davila tweeted that she is heartbroken over what happened and that it was an honor to work with Drilon.
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