MANILA – Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon stood by her controversial statement early this year on blogger-turned-public official Mocha Uson.
Last May, De Leon took to Twitter to criticize Uson, who was appointed to the position of Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
She said Uson is “biased and disrespectful,” and that there are many people “who deserve her place.”
The beauty queen received criticism from supporters of Uson, and some pageant fans believe this contributed to her eventual loss in Miss International 2017.
Looking back, De Leon said she does not regret making such comments.
“No. Because if I didn’t post that, then I wouldn’t be who I am today,” she said on “Tonight with Boy Abunda.” “I wouldn’t be where I am today with all the things happening right now.”
“I was just being myself, honestly. I just want to voice an opinion which I think I have the right to do. I think everyone has the right to do that,” she added.
When asked if she is open to meeting Uson in the future, De Leon declined, saying: “It’s not that I am totally pushing myself away from politics, more of I’m focusing on myself more and the things I can do with my life, and what I want to do with my life.”
De Leon is set to make her movie debut via the Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Ang Panday,” which will hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.
The movie stars Coco Martin of the top-rating ABS-CBN series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”