- Sen. Tito Sotto asked the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) to watch the controversial “Eat Bulaga” episode first before making judgments against him and the other shows
- Sotto said that many of his critics judged him without understanding the context of what happened
- The senator explained that he was merely protecting the sanctity of marriage and was not blaming the contestant for being abused
Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III urged the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) to carefully watch the controversial episode of GMA Network’s variety noontime show “Eat Bulaga” before judging him of shaming a female contestant.
“I suggest they watch the episode. They are relying on comments of those who do not even know the context of the issue. To give your comment without watching the full episode and relying on an edited version is silly, to say the least,” the senator said.
The PCW criticized the hosts of the popular noontime show for blaming and shaming a contestant who suffered sexual abuse from a drinking buddy and was separated from her husband.
“Ka-bababeng tao mo pa naman, pa-shot-shot ka,” Sotto admonished the contestant after sharing her life experience.
(You are a woman and yet you were drinking shots.)
The other hosts, Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, also criticized the contestant for wearing shorts while drinking shots with the abuser. They also asked the contestant to re-enact how she tried to win back her husband.
Sotto explained that he was merely protecting the institution of marriage and was just pointing out that a married woman drinking with other men at night would draw suspicions from her husband.
The senator also said that as a Filipino citizen, he has the right to practice freedom of speech and express his opinion on marriage.
The PCW slammed the “Eat Bulaga” hosts for promoting a culture of misogyny and for trying to justify and normalize sexual abuses against women.
Following the alleged victim shaming on “Eat Bulaga,” women rights advocates explained that sexual abuses can never be justified. They pointed out that every woman has the right to wear sexy clothing and drink alcohol with other men without being subjected to sexual abuse. -Kami Media