- Senator Tito Sotto apologized after his 'na-ano lang remark' to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo
- Sotto said that his statement was meant as a joke and that his critics were 'overly sensitive'
- Sotto mentioned how he will be the last person to disrespect a woman
Senator Tito Sotto apologized for his insensitive remark to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo whom he referred to as 'na-ano lang' for being a single mom.
"Ang premise ko, sabi ko nga, in the street language, 'di ba? Yun ang biruan sa kalsada. That’s why kung minasama nila, I'm sorry, I apologize. They don’t understand the joke.
It's a common expression as a joke but then again, I said, if they feel offended then I'm sorry, I’d like to apologize for that."
Sotto asked about Taguiwalo's status of being a single parent during her confirmation hearing, saying:
"In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag lang ay na-ano lang. Thank you, you have my 100 percent support, Madam Secretary."
Sotto further explained his side and added:
"Although it was a joke and I do apologize if they are offended, in the CA, anything under the sun can can be asked about any nominee, just as a reminder. As I said, it was made as a joke. And everybody in the hall, almost everybody laughed."
He then referred to his critics as 'overly sensitive' and mentioned how he will be the last person to disrespect a woman:
"I will be the last person in this country to disrespect a woman because my mother was the founder of the women’s rights movement.
I have two daughters, who are separated, single, and have children; so I don’t think there should be any big fuss about it."
Watch Sotto's statement here:
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