Sotto apologizes for single mother joke to Taguiwalo: Eh di I’m sorry
Senator Vicente Sotto III earned the ire of netizens after his remark about Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo being a single mother got viral. He clarified that it was only a joke and that anyone who was offended was being “overly sensitive”.
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Sotto explained that during Commission on appointments (hearing) the nominees were allowed to be asked about “anything under the sun” which justifies why he described Taguiwalo’s being a single mother as a case of her being “na-ano” (just got knocked up).
” It was meant as a joke, and everybody in the hall, almost everybody laughed. I don’t think it was done disrespectfully. But as I said, just to drive home the point, if they are offended, then I apologize,” Sotto explained during an interview with Senate reporters.
He clarified that it was only an opening statement to “lighten up” the hearing and claimed that Taguiwalo was not offended by his statement.
Sotto explained that perhaps “some people are overly sensitive” which is why they were offended by the joke.
“So then perhaps these are just people who are really not my fans, so to speak.” Sotto said of his dissenters.
He disagrees with the idea that he was being sexist because his mother was one of the founders of the women’s rights movement and president emerita of the Kababaihang Rizalista and his two daughters were single mothers.
Sotto further justified the comment as a joke he got from noontime show Eat Bulaga.
“Oo, that’s why ang premise ko, ang sabi ko, in the street language. Di ba 'yun ang biruan sa kalsada eh. Kung minasama nila, eh di I’m sorry, I apologize. They don’t understand the joke,” he said.
Sotto apologizes for single mother joke to Taguiwalo: Eh di I’m sorry Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on May 03, 2017 Rating: