Mariel de Leon, Binibining Pilipinas International 2017, shared her opinion over the appointment of Mocha Uson as Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary.
On her twitter account, Mariel called the Mocha’s appointment biased and disrespectful.
“I love my country so it breaks my heart to know someone like her got a position in the govt,” the newly crowned beauty queen added.
Some of the netizens, especially those who supported her during Binibing Pilipinas competition, criticized her and even drive a campaign against her in the online voting of Miss International.
“Receiving messages saying I shouldn’t speak up like that otherwise I won’t win the Int’l crown. Uh… So para sa inyo, Crown over Country???” De Leon said.
“I love my country. It breaks my heart to know that the Philippines has come to this. I’m proud to wear the sash that says ‘Philippines’ but I hope that change will come. And I hope that I can use my voice and my platform to be part of that change,” she continued.
De Leon stand firm and encouraged people to share ideas and to “educate, not belittle and insult.”