Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III poked fun at Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo’s state as a solo parent as the Cabinet official faced the Commission on Appointments (CA) for her confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
“Just on the lighter side, Senator Drilon and I were looking at the personal information about you and you have two children, daughters ba or sons? But you’re single?” Sotto asked as spectators laughed. Taguiwalo answered she has two daughters.
“Okay. My life has never been a normal one. I’ve never had a whole ‘mother-father-children’ kind of thing except when I was growing up in Bacolod,” she said.
She added, “Remember, I graduated from UP in 1970, I did organizing work. From 1972 up to the 1986, it has been a life underground or in prison. So, my story would be different from the stories of those who have gone through corporation, etc.”
Sotto then mentioned, “in the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag lang ay na-ano lang.”
You can hear the burst of laughter in the room as he said it.
“Senator Sotto, I teach women’s studies in UP so we respect all kinds of families, and that includes solo parents. Thank you,” she says in rebuttal.
“Thank you, you have my 100 percent support, Madam Secretary,” Sotto replied.
And that was it, that was what did it for Sotto to unleash the pvblic’s rage.
For a single mom like me this is painful & heartbreaking. Ang rude po Senator Tito Sotto. https://t.co/83rbEzSrs5
— DJ Chacha (@mor1019chacha) May 3, 2017
@ANCALERTS ang gago mo, Tito Sotto. Wala kang karapatan maging senador, dun ka na lang sa Eat Bulaga. Wala kang respeto sa mga kababaihan.
— tintin (@xsnmae) May 3, 2017
@ANCALERTS Matapos ipahiya, Sotto 's pa-cuensolo de bobo: You have my 100%l support. Damage has already been done.
— AirForceOnce (@MarionA56n) May 3, 2017
Society thinks in a disgusting mindset that the "na-ano" is shameful while the "nang-ano" gets away with pride.
Shame on you, Tito Sotto.
— Juan Carlos Ojano (@carlosojano) May 3, 2017
-shames single moms
tito sotto's advocacy seems to be Make Women Miserable https://t.co/w2QtsZN66h
— a literal failure (@AtomSiraullo) May 3, 2017
– Tito Sotto insulted Sec Judy for being a single mom
– CA rejects Gina Lopez as DENR Sec
it comes in threes guys. wait lang may isa pa yan
— bea binene stan (@tweetienidickie) May 3, 2017
TITO SOTTO, YOU RAPIST-PLAGIARIST, HOW DARE YOU SHAME A WOMAN FOR BEING A SINGLE MOTHER? (even considering the issue is besides the point?!)
— Ash Respeto (@athenaanona) May 3, 2017
You want to raise the level of education in this country? Simulan niyo sa senado.
— Jai Cabajar-dashian (@jaicabajar) May 3, 2017
Watch the whole thing below:
WATCH: DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo answers Sen. Tito Sotto's queries about her civil status and her family during her confirmation hearing. pic.twitter.com/t8YCv26wL7
— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) May 3, 2017