Alma Moreno speaks up on Karen Davila interview

MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial hopeful and Parañaque councilor Alma Moreno said that she is still moving forward, despite people's reactions to her interview with Karen Davila on ANC's Headstart. (READ: #PrayForAlma: Legislation, lights on, pills, discrimination, and more)

According to ABS-CBN News, Alma told supporters, "Ako po si Alma Moreno. May pinagdaraanan po. Siguro naman napanood niyo sa TV. Pero lumalaban pa rin. Hindi man ako ganoon kagaling magsalita, may puso naman ako sa tao," while touring Balayan, Batangas with Vice President Jejomar Binay.

(I am Alma Moreno. I'm going through something. I suppose you saw it on TV. But I'm still fighting. I may not be that good a speaker, but I have a heart for the people.)

Moreno is part of the senatorial slate of Binay's United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

GMA previously reported that Moreno admitted in a speech on Thursday, November 19 that she was hurt by the criticism given regarding her "awkward" interview. However, she also thanked those who defended her.

The November 19 speech was given at the covered court of Barangay Sun Valley in Parañaque.

In the interview with Davila that aired on November 11, Moreno spoke about her advocacy for women's rights, her stand on same-sex marriage, and the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, among other topics.

Her comments on these issues and her reactions to the questions, however, became the topic of ridicule among social media users.

She jokingly suggested, for example, that couples should always have the lights on as a method of birth control. Another instance that drew criticism was when she asked "Kailangan pa bang sagutin? (Do I still have to answer that?)" when Davila insisted that she voice out her reservations about the RH Law.

Soon, the hashtag #PrayforAlma trended. Memes with her quotes and photos also appeared online.

A few days before Moreno's speech, Davila defended herself on an Instagram post, where some commenters said she was too tough on Moreno.

She said that she did adjust for Moreno by shifting from speaking English to Filipino, and that she was much tougher in other interviews, such as her interview with Bongbong Marcos. "When someone is running for higher office – they must have an understanding of issues. This is a standard we owe to the Filipino people," she wrote.

In another comment, Davila also said that she adjusted by asking Moreno about the RH Law upon finding out about her advocacy. 

Does ALMA MORENO have a chance to WIN YOUR VOTE? "Ness" runs for the Senate! #ANCHeadstart #Halalan2016 Are you for Anti Political Dynasty Bill? "HINDI, tao naman ang bumoboto sa yo" Divorce? "NO". Same Sex Marriage? "NO. Kasalanan siya. Ok na mag-ano sila" Anong gagawin mo sa Senado? "Mga batas pang kababaihan" Sang-ayon ka sa RH LAW? "gusto ko magplano ang mahihirap, pero hindi ako sang-ayon sa pills, natural dapat" BBL: "hindi ko pa nabasa lahat, concentrated ako sa mga isyu sa kababaihan" Says, "Kung ano ang makakabuti". On a lighter note, "who is your TRUE LOVE?" Moreno: "Joey Marquez" #nov112015 #ilovemyjob #karendavila A photo posted by Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:02pm PST

 

Screengrab from Instagram/iamkarendavila
Screengrab from Instagram/iamkarendavila

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