Daughter of veteran actors Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong and the newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2017, Mariel De Leon on Tuesday made a controversial tweet about the newly appointed Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
"There are so many unbiased, uneducated, and respected (respectful) people who deserve her place ."READ ALSO: Atty. Rivera Lectures Beauty Queen Mariel De Leon: Ang Totoong Reyna, Hindi Mapanglait
"I love my country so it breaks my heart to know someone like her got a position in the govt."
However, social media personalities and Duterte supporters defended Uson over De Leon's statement. One of them is Krizette Laureta Chu, prominent social media blogger and known supporter of the President.
In a Facebook post, Chu said:
Dear Mariel de Leon,
You're right, it's your right to say whatever you want to say about Mocha Uson or you know, the President's right to choose his own appointees, which is part of his privilege and is also a burden.
The thing is, Mariel, while you can say whatever you want to say, a beauty queen who represents the entire Philippines--you know, not just the 15 percent of the country who hates Duterte--has to have this tiny little thing called "diplomacy." To say what they want to say in a diplomatic, non-arrogant, non-demeaning manner.
Saying things like, "There are so many unbiased, educated, and respected (respectful) people who deserve her place" is NOT diplomatic.Meanwhile, in an interview with GMA News' News To Go on Wednesday, De Leon defended her position to be outspoken about political issues.
I demurred from joining Binibining Pilipinas in 2014 because there was no way I could smile and say good things about the PH when Aquino ran this country to the ground. I chose a private life instead because I have zero diplomacy skills and beauty queens who promote world peace and all that need to know diplomacy. (Charot lang.)
A real queen--in a beauty pageant or otherwise, like real queens, you know--would never say something so haughty and conceited. You are representing the Philippines, not just your own crowd.
I am sure an unbiased, educated, and respected (respectful) beauty queen who deserves her place would have posted an equally honest but not-so-feelingera tweet.
Good luck with getting massive support. But then you said crown over country, right?So I hope after your bid, you really go on to do something for the country.
As a Filipina, as a citizen of this country, I have opinions about our government and the way it's run. Everyone has that right. I just felt like I should put it out there, since now I have a voice.
I am secure with myself, and with that, no kind of negativity gets to me. So, I respect their opinion, but of course there's a way to debate and argue issues. You don't need to insult other people. They can say what they say, I'll still voice my opinions.