Robredo, a solo parent, also offended by Sotto's 'na-ano lang' remark


Posted at May 06 2017 05:05 PM

MANILA- Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday said she also took offense of Sen. Tito Sotto's "na-ano lang" remark at Social Welfare Secretary and single mother Judy Taguiwalo at a recent public hearing, citing her own challenges as a solo parent.

Robredo, widow of late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, said being a solo parent was difficult as she was doing work for two people. She is the highest official to condemn Sotto's comments, which had been widely criticized online.

"I took offense of what was said during the hearing of the Commission of Appointments. It is difficult because you're doing work for two people," said the mother of three in an open forum at St. Theresa's College in Quezon City.

Sotto on Wednesday took notice of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo's status as a solo parent during her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments (CA), where the bicameral body assessed whether or not her cabinet posting should be affirmed.

The body has yet to decide on Taguiwalo's nomination.

"In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag doon ay 'na-ano lang," Sotto told Taguiwalo, eliciting laughter in the room. 

Sotto's remarks drew flak from several netizens, but the senator explained that he meant nothing malicious with the remark.

Robredo recalled that her experience as a solo parent came unexpectedly. She has been raising her children by herself since her husband's death in 2012. 

"My being a solo parent came at the heels of so many changes in my life...Halimbawa, 'di mo masabi ang mga mabibigat because you want to spare them.. you go out of the house carrying this guilt feeling," she said.

The Vice-President however noted that, despite the difficulties, she tries to be a regular parent.

"I try to be a regular parent as much as I can," she said.

Robredo has 3 daughters with late husband Jesse: Jessica, Jillian and Janine.