MANILA (UPDATED) -- Broadcaster and beauty queen Ganiel Krishnan has called out a critic who appeared to be poking fun at her for not winning the Miss World Philippines crown on Sunday.
Krishnan, who finished the national pageant as second runner-up, reposted a post from a supporter defending her in an Instagram story of designer Domz Ramos.
Ramos said in his post, “MS. WORLD OR NOTHING DAW EH OH AYAN 2ND RUNNER UP JIVAHHHH.”
The beauty queen left a short response to Ramos’ comment: “UNNECESSARY. INSENSITIVE. BULLY.”
Krishnan relinquished her title on Tuesday to focus on her career as a TV reporter.
A supporter of Krishnan also berated Ramos.
“If there is one thing that was made clear after the recently concluded Miss World Philippines pageant is that Domz Ramos is a bully. Even if he didn't mention Ganiel Krishnan's name in his post, it was clear as day that he was throwing shade at the beauty queen, using her famed answer during the MWP screening ‘MWP or nothing’ and even added her MWP placement,” Jerome Balute said.
“This is quite alarming because it has become a culture amongst Pinoy pageant fans to bash and bully candidates without considering the trauma it might cause to the bullied.”
Balute also noted that Ramos is the "swimsuit provider" of rival pageant Binibining Pilipinas.
“As the swimsuit provider of Binibining Pilipinas, it also stains the reputation of the organization because of his affiliation so I am hoping that he will be reprimanded or dropped because of his bullying ways,” the pageant fan added.
Balute also claimed that it was not the first time Ramos heckled a candidate.
“It's high time that we call out these people who find satisfaction over other people's heartbreak and misery. What bothers me most is that he doesn't even show remorse because this isn't the first time he bullied a candidate,” he continued.
“It discredits the sacrifice and hard work of the candidates and no one, regardless of his affiliation with any organization, has the right to invalidate the dream of any Filipina by bullying.”
Ramos, later on, issued a statement on Instagram, apologizing for his remarks but clarifying that it was taken out of context.
“First, I apologize to everyone who has been hurt by my remarks, especially Ms. Ganiel Krishnan @ganielkrish, her pageant camp and fans, and indirectly, the Binibining Pilipinas organization. While I did not deny posting the statement, I would like to clarify that it was taken out of context,” the designer quipped.
He admitted about posting the viral Instagram story but made it clear that he posted a succeeding story where he said: “But I think she deserves a crown. Oh jivah.”
Ramos denied that his comment was meant to insult Krishnan, explaining that it was out of disappointment on the result.
“Even as I agree that it might have appeared as such, I deny that it was meant to insult or abuse her. On the contrary, it was made out of my disappointment that she did not win a major title,” he said.
He went on to say that he was somehow hoping Krishnan would join the Binibining Pilipinas -- the pageant he is affiliated with.
“Having been a fan of Ms. Ganiel ever since she won Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International in 2016, I have long hoped that she would join BBP. I believe she would have easily won a crown, particularly Miss International,” Ramos bared.
“The statement I made in the now-viral screenshot came from this. It was not meant to put her down. It was simply my hopeful way of saying, ‘Sana mag-BBP ka.’”
Krishnan previously won the Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International crown in 2016.
She also represented the Philippines at the Miss Asia-Pacific International in the same year and placed second runner-up.
The Filipino-Indian beauty queen also ventured into broadcasting after becoming a courtside reporter of Far Eastern University, where she finished her college degree.
Tracy Perez from Cebu was crowned the new Miss World Philippines after the six-hour long pageant.