Senate committee dismisses ethics complaint vs. Sotto over Taguiwalo remark

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — A Senate panel dismissed the ethics complaint against Senator Tito Sotto for his "na-ano" remark against former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo for lack of jurisdiction.

Senate Ethics Committee members agreed the complaint should be filed instead with the Commission on Appointments' Ethics Committee.

During the confirmation hearing of Taguiwalo in May, Sotto said of her single mother status, "In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag dun e, 'na-ano lang.'"

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A number of women's groups filed an ethics complaint against the senator.

They believe the senator was not sincere in his apology. They demanded a sanction against Sotto, including his inhibition as chairman of the Senate ethics committee, and for him to undergo a gender sensitivity training.

The Commission on Appointments rejected the appointment of Taguiwalo on August 16.

CNN Philippines' Joyce Ilas contributed this report.