What point was Tito Sotto trying to raise when he said “na-ano” to Sec. Judy Taguiwalo?
During the confirmation hearing of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Wednesday, the honorable Senator Tito Sotto looked into the secretary’s personal life, questioning her about having two daughters but remaining single.
We quote the exchange:
Sotto: On a lighter side. Sen. Drilon were looking at your personal information and found you have two children but you’re single?
Sec Judy: I’ve never had a ‘normal family’, if that’s how you call it, growing up. But it’s a non-issue. I’ve been underground and been to prison. My story would be different from the stories of those who’ve gone through UP, corporations….
Sotto: Ah kasi in the street language, when you have kids, and you’re single tapos wala kang asawa ang tawag diyan ‘na-ano lang’. *more laugther* Thank you and you have my 100% support, Madame Secretary.
Sec Judy: Senator, I teach women’s studies in UP. We respect all kinds of families, and that includes solo parents. Thank you.
“Na-ano.” Na what nga?
Was Tito Sotto trying to make a joke? Because it wasn’t funny. The laughter you heard—it was nervous.
He himself admitted it was “street language.” But why speak street when you’re inside the Senate Hall?
Watch the video (35:00)
Aren’t you enraged yet? Yeah, us too. Luckily, Twitter came to the rescue.
THIS IS NOT A COMEDY SHOW. YOU DO NOT EMBARRASS A WOMAN FOR BEING A SINGLE MOTHER TO GET LAUGHS. SHAME ON YOU, TITO SOTTO. SHAME ON YOU. https://t.co/qExt7TuaGN
— Cool Down 💦 (@jadineloveydove) May 3, 2017
Respect and love to all the single mothers and mga "na-ano" out there who raised kids million times more decent than that Tito Sotto.
— Miss France Sajorda (@PrincessFrance) May 3, 2017
I just can't imagine a person like Tito Sotto is in the senate laughing and poking fun on Solo Parents. Napaka perfect ng pamilya nyo po.
— oreo 😛 (@brainyoreo) May 3, 2017
Saying that women w/ children but no husbands are "na-ano lang"
NA-ANO? KINGNANG SOTTO AMP. U CALL URSELF A SENATOR, TITO SOTTO?
— cassandra (@acbautista__) May 3, 2017
The people who were laughing with tito sotto after that disgusting statement are also fucking garbage yall can fucking choke !!
— louise | 8 (@dopeydua) May 3, 2017
WALA KANG RESPETO, TITO SOTTO. YOU DON'T FUCKING KNOW HOW HARD IT IS. https://t.co/PoMoZGqta5
— kelly bitangcol 🌞 (@kelIyVEVO) May 3, 2017
Having a dick doesn't mean you should act like one. Shame on you, Tito Sotto. #sorrynotsorry
— Andrea Tayao (@andrealeitayao) May 3, 2017
i have friends who came from a broken family thinking about what they feel right now after what TITO SOTTO said they don't deserve it tbh.
— mary (@xxyvonnexo) May 3, 2017
Nakakagalit ka Tito Sotto. Leche. Anong relevance nun sa trabaho ni Sec.Taguiwaldo. Respeto sa mga single moms, hoy.
— Ramona (@monaysabelle) May 3, 2017
As a woman, i felt like I was personally attacked by you Tito Sotto. F you. Pano ka ba nanalo sa election.
— Cloie Tangonan (@NeurotiCloie) May 3, 2017