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Sen. Tito Sotto draws flak due to an insulting remarks during CA hearing of DSWD Sec Taguiwalo

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Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo faced inquiries from the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, May 3.

Taguiwalo answered questions from the panel, including those from Senator Tito Sotto, which were deemed an insulting, especially to women and solo parents.  The inquiry went as transcribed (not verbatim) below:

Sen. Sotto: On a lighter note, Secretary.  We’ve been looking at your personal information and found out that you have two children? Daughters ba or sons?

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Sec. Taguiwalo: Yes, two daughters.

Sen. Sotto: But you’re single? (This question drew laughter from the room.)

Sec. Taguiwalo: I’ve never had a ‘normal’ family, if that’s how you call it, growing up.  But it’s a non-issue.

Sen. Sotto: Ah kasi sa amin, if you have kids, tapos wala kang asawa ang tawag diyan ‘na-ano lang’. (Drawing more laughter from the room.)

Sec. Taguiwalo: Senator, I teach women’s studies in UP.  The definition of a family also includes solo parents.  Thank you.

The remarks immediately drew flak from netizens and lashed out at the senator for the uncalled for remarks.

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