MANILA – Katarina Rodriguez on Monday defended her fellow beauty queen, Mariel de Leon, who has been getting flak online for her comments on Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidate Catriona Gray.
In a Twitter post on Monday night, Rodriguez believes that De Leon did not insult Gray when she said she found the latter’s remarks “just a tiny bit scripted.”
“I can confidently say that Mariel is one of the nicest and most passionate ladies I have ever met. She is gentle and kind, yet daring and honest,” said Rodriguez, who finished first runner-up in Miss Intercontinental 2017.
“I reviewed what she commented on towards Catriona and she did not insult Catriona,” she stressed. “She did not speak of her in any offensive manner and please take it from someone who personally knows Mariel. She would not want to bring any person down.”
Rodriguez went on to ask the public to respect De Leon, her batchmate in Bb. Pilipinas 2017 who represented the country in the Miss International pageant.
“I’m so sad to see so much of what people are commenting towards Mariel. Please remember, if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all,” she said. “She is my friend and I will defend her. You don’t need to like Mariel, but at least respect her.”
“Yung intentions niya hindi naman masama. To purposely put someone down is an awful thing to do, guys. Mariel wanted to help Catriona. It’s apparent na malakas si Catriona… and I’m sure she wouldn’t want those supporting her to spread any negativity, especially on social media,” she added.
Responding to Rodriguez via Twitter, De Leon said: “Sisters have each other’s backs. Love you, Kat!”
Gray has also stepped in to address the issue, with the former Miss World Philippines titleholder asking her fans to stop the hate.