MEGASTAR Sharon Cuneta has apologized on behalf of his uncle, Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto, for his remarks "naano lang" during the Commission on Appointments committee hearing last Wednesday.
The seasoned actress took some time off from her vacation abroad to give her comment on the controversial remark of her uncle to single mothers.
Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo was the subject of Sotto's joke.
Sotto asked Taguiwalo about being a single parent and said, "In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag dun e, 'na-ano lang'."
Cuneta said she would have preferred to be quiet about the matter, but she knows the senator and she considers him as her second father.
She said just like any other person, Sotto is capable of committing mistakes.
"We all say things we regret every once in a while. We are all only human, after all. We forgive because we know how it feels to ask for forgiveness. I am sure that just like I and many others, we sometimes mention things that we do not mean to include the entire population in or about," the actress posted on Friday in her official Facebook page.
Cuneta added that from someone who used to be a single mother (she separated from then-husband Gabby Concepcion and raised her daughter, KC, alone), she also empathizes with those who were affected and enraged by Sotto's words.
But she said Sotto would not deliberately put down single parents because he himself has relatives who are single mothers.
"I MYSELF was a single mother. My two beloved cousins whom I consider true sisters, mga anak mismo ng kilala ko bilang "Fath" at "Daddy," at kilala niyo bilang tito Sen o Sen. Sotto, ay single mothers din. Bakit naman nya babalahurain ang mga tulad naming mahal nya kung yun nga ang pakay nya?"
Cuneta, even without talking to Sotto, apologizes on his behalf.
"I offer my sincerest and deepest apologies sa lahat po ng nasaktan at na-offend ng comment nya. Minsan po siguro lahat tayo ay nauuna sa pag-iisip ang pagsasalita. At tulad po ng narinig ko ngayon lang, humingi na rin sya ng paumanhin.
She also asks everyone to spare her cousin and Sotto's youngest daughter Ciara from all the negative criticisms.
"Please spare her, like other good single mothers who were surely not meant to be included in a single, unthought-of moment."
The singer/actress added that she's willing to put her four decade career in show business at stake just to prove to everyone that Sotto is a good husband, father and person.
"Believe me please when I say that yes, Sen. Sotto is not perfect and is only human just like us. But he is a good husband, father, and a person with a darn good heart," she ended.
Sotto is the wife of veteran actress Helen Gamboa, who is the sister of Cuneta's mother, Elaine Cuneta. (SunStar Philippines)