MANILA, Philippines – Actress Ciara Sotto came to the defense of her father, Senator Vicente Sotto III, who delivered his “turno on en contra” speech against the Reproductive Health Bill before the Senate on Monday.
|Actress Ciara Sotto and Senator Vicente Sotto III. File photo
In her official Twitter account, Ciara said her parents lost a child and no person who disagrees with her dad’s stand on the RH Bill issue could ever bring her brother back.
“My parents experienced losing a child. Bashers/haters can't change that fact. Sana it won't happen to any of you,” she said.
Ciara said her mother, actress Helen Gamboa, was traumatized by the tragedy and wouldn't visit any nursery because of what happened.
The actress also expressed her dismay at netizens who sent her insulting messages after Sotto’s speech.
“[D]aming bastos sa Twitter grabe! Ang lilinis eh... Hiyang hiya naman ako sa kalinisan nila! Kawawa naman daddy ko,” she said.
On the other hand, Ciara retweeted Twitter posts who support her dad’s stand on the RH Bill. She also replied to some Twitter users and thanked them for supporting her dad’s advocacy.
Sotto, in his speech on Monday , said it is his personal mission to block the passage of the RH Bill because his son died due to the side effects of contraceptives.
The senator became emotional as he blamed contraceptives for the medical condition of his son, Vincent Paul, who died five months after he was born in 1975.
He said his son died on August 13, 1975, exactly 37 years ago today.
Ciara accompanied her dad at the Senate today to show support.
Just like her father, Ciara said she could not believe that of all places, she would shed tears at the Senate.