Feb 6, 2007 (note the dates, as they are important in the plot)
A certain Sandra Sotto wrote a letter to the editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer in reaction to a Gawad Kalinga article:
Meloto not founder of Gawad Kalinga
Gawad Kalinga is the social arm of the Couples for Christ.
IN THE Inquirer editorial of Jan. 31, titled “Solidarity,” Tony Meloto was referred to as the founder of Gawad Kalinga. This simply is untrue. Meloto is the executive director and not the founder of Gawad Kalinga.
Nowhere did the Inquirer mention the Couples for Christ in the editorial. It is unfair to the millions of members of the Couples for Christ, both in the Philippines and in the diaspora, that their hard work is credited to only one man and not to them. Gawad Kalinga is the fruit of their “bayanihan” [community collaboration] spirit, and all honor and glory belongs to God alone.
A correction is long overdue.
SANDRA SOTTO, New York City (via e-mail)
Some accounts say that this published email is actually a watered down version, and was edited by The Inquirer. One would wonder what the original actually says.
What is the significance of this letter? The sender.
Ms. Sotto is the sister of Gerry Padilla, wife of Frank Padilla.
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