The Solo Parents Group urges people to stop bashing Senator Tito Sotto. It is best for government officials to start working on giving more benefits to single parents instead. They criticize groups who are too sensitive to the senator’s remarks during the CA hearing of Social Welfare Secretary of Judy Taguiwalo when he really meant no harm.
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[VIDEO]: Solo Parents Group urges people to stop bashing Senator Tito Sotto and instead asks lawmakers to look into giving benefits to citizens like them.
The leader of the Solo Parents Group said that there’s no point to bash Sotto through social media and waste time in because it cannot solve the difficulties of single parents. They have to work alone for the welfare of the children. She stresses that most single parents are female, belong to poor communities, and struggling for a decent livelihood that can generate enough income for the whole family. It is much better to have a dialogue with lawmakers how they can help in easing their burden.
Blessing in Disguise
The senator welcomes the group’s practical approach. He just takes the social media bashing lightly now because his joke seems like a blessing in disguise. They now talk about measures that could benefit single parents. Instead of throwing mud at each other, they opt to work together to reach solutions for the welfare of solo parents.
Aside from the daily needs, families of single parents would also need assistance in the areas of education, medical care, and perhaps discounts from selected commodities. Sotto said that if they can lower the price for senior citizens, they should do also for single parents.
Champion for Solo Parents Act
Sotto assures the group that he would push for the passage of amendments to Republic Act No. 8972, or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000. The bill is hanging for around 17 years. FSPL president Carina Javier said the group could have confronted Sotto he already apologized to Taguiwalo and that the secretary accepted it. They think that they do not have the right to make a big fuzz out of it unlike other groups.
Senator Tito Sotto may have chosen the wrong words just to break the ice in the confirmation hearing of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. In fairness to Senator Sotto, he has said sorry for the single parent joke and Taguiwalo herself accepted it and urge people not to make a big deal out it. Not unless dirty-mindedness already takes over social graces.
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[VIDEO]: Single mothers are “na-ano lang” (just got knocked up). Tito Sotto made this remark as he grilled DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, a solo parent, during her confirmation hearing.
One can only be offended by Sotto’s remark if he or she allows himself or herself to give a dirty meaning on what Sotto said. He said in Tagalog referring to the status of Taguiwalo as a solo parent; Na-ano lang! Which means; Just got ____. “Ano” is a blank word – but many assume it as “just got laid” or sexed up. This is why despite the apology, most people just can’t get over it.
It might be inappropriate for the senator to utter those words in that particular setting – but detractors should know where he’s coming from. Despite his high status in society, he remains close to the masses. In Eat Bulaga during their “Kalye Serye” portion, they are inclined to merge with real people from different communities. This is just a bit of his routine. Even if he is in Cebu, his family’s hometown, he is definitely a community-oriented person. It is not surprising that he can forget where he is and speak the street language because it is already part of his normal life.
If what he said is analyzed with an open mind, it is not offensive. What if he meant, just annulled, just widowed, or just decided to be a solo parent then, shame on to his accusers. The charges will not even stand in court for libel or to humiliate someone, let alone a single parent by choice like what his daughter, Ciara decided to be after separating from her husband who allegedly cheated on her.
Called by Names
Sotto never called anyone names – but his detractors are calling him names that hurt not only his children but people who know him well. Sharon Cuneta now Pangilinan, his niece even apologized on his behalf who was once a single parent after she separates from her first husband, Gabby Concepcion. This should already assure everyone that Sotto does not mean any harm to single parents.