Gian Sotto has come to the defense of his father, Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, who is being widely condemned for a joke he made about single mothers.
In an Instagram post, the younger Sotto called on the public to lay off his dad, but acknowledged that what the senator did was a mistake.
"Yes, nagkamali po ang tatay ko sa joke niya, and he is sorry for it. Pero hindi po ibig sabihin nito ay masamang tao na siya," Gian said in the caption to a photo of them together.
"Nobody is perfect. Lahat po tayo nagkakamali. But he is the best husband, father and grandfather, and I thank God for him every day."
On Wednesday, Sen. Sotto drew ire for describing Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo as "na-ano lang" after learning that she has kids out of wedlock during a Senate hearing.
"It was never his intention to offend or to insult anyone. He never doubted the capabilities of single parents," added Gian, before pointing out that one of his sisters, Ciara, is a single mother.
"Kaya alam po namin na hindi madali ang buhayin ang pamilya nang mag-isa. Walang sinabi ang tatay ko na hindi kaya ng isang solo parent, at ng kanyang pamilya, na magtagumpay sa buhay at makamit ang kanilang mga minimithi," he said.
Gian concluded by saying that he knows his dad's heart is in the right place, and that he meant nothing malicious with his off-color remark.
"Alam ng Diyos kung ano ang nasa puso ng tatay ko at 'yun ang pinakaimportante sa lahat. Alam ko na malalampasan namin ito dahil kasama namin ang Diyos. Sa bawat pagsubok, we put our trust in God. Thank You, Lord, for Your Strength and Your Grace, every single day! We lift our family up to You! Da, I love you so much, po!"
Gian, a politician himself, is Sen. Sotto's son with wife Helen Gamboa.