All’s well between Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and women’s group, at least the group called the Federation of Solo Parents Luzvimin Inc. (FSPL), as they decide to join forces for the enactment of laws advancing the interests of solo parents in the country.
FSPL president Carina Javier even called on so-called “bashers” to put to a stop their tirades against the senator, saying that no less than Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) Sec. Judy Taguiwalo as well as another women’s group, Gabriela, had already accepted Sotto’s apology.
“Let us show to the whole world, country, to the legislators that tayong mga solo parents, may dignidad. Let’s conduct ourselves with respect, let’s stop the bashing and please let’s not drag his family into this. Who are we kami sa federation para palakihin pa yung issue, blow it all out of proportion. Let’s move forward,” she said on May 9.
Sotto last week earned the ire of the netizens, especially those so-called solo parents for what had been widely perceived as offensive remark on Taguiwalo after questioning her civil status during the latter’s confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments (CA) at the Senate last Wednesday (May 3).
Sotto took note of the fact that Taguiwalo has two daughters outside of marriage.
Nearly a week after, the senator found himself now being groomed by FSPL to be their “champion” of the proposed Solo Parents’ Welfare Act.
“It’s really a blessing in disguise and if I may borrow her words, it was blown out of proportion but it’s a blessing in disguise that it was blown out of proportion because now there is more attention to it and we can rally Congress, the Senate into seriously looking at the amendments that they are proposing and important and they should be given their own space in society,” Sotto said, even promising to steer the passage of the proposed amendments at least before the end of the year.