Call it a sticky wicket or in a tight squeeze or sitting on top of a powder keg. Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon is definitely in the hot spot after sharing her views/remarks online about the much-talked about appointment of Margaux Justiniano Uson (or Mocha Uson, if you will) as Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary.
First off, let me share the reply of Mocha to what Mariel tweeted about her:
“Sorry po Bb. Pilipinas. Ill take note po of your tweets at pagbubutihin ko po para sa bayan at para sayo po.”
(Sorry, Bb Pilipinas. I’ll take note of your tweets and I’ll do my best for the country and for you.)
So where does Mariel go from here? Does she need to issue an apology (or an informal tweet to that effect) to resolve the situation? Or maybe just let things simmer down so that the ceaseless talks and bashings would go away/be forgotten in time as they usually do?
I am not in a position to do any kind of damage control for Mariel. First of all, she simply showed us a side of individuality that makes her slightly off-center from what we typically perceive/expect our national beauty queens to be. And we live in a free country where we can express our views using our own names or otherwise. So does that exclude her in any way because of the Bb. Pilipinas crown she is wearing right now?
In my opinion, there is a life skill Mariel needs to further learn in the art of tact and diplomacy because she should have been able to “sense accurately what another person is feeling or thinking at any given time and then responding in such a way as to avoid bad feelings or awkwardness, whilst at the same time asserting or reflecting your own ideas and feelings back in a delicate and well-meaning fashion…”
I will not condone with the way Mariel worded her replies about the matter because – at my age – I would be far more careful of how my thoughts would be interpreted by others such that I would have expressed myself in a less judgmental manner. But I respect her views after all has been typed and posted. She is a 23 year-old adult ready to take responsibility for her words and actions. And I am pretty sure she has already been given strong advise (or reprimand, I reckon) so that she can steer clear of similar outbreaks from happening again.
Let me end this post with an opinion posted by my Facebook friend Jonathan Santos on his timeline:
Mariel De Leon will not need your support for Miss International because there is [sic] no online votes, or social media award. She will not ask you to shoulder her expenses while she represent the country in the pageant. So bago kayo magmalaki na you will not support her – it’s not needed. Keep it. If she will not win, it is because of the Miss International curse that’s been ongoing since 2012.
But instead of going that way, why not support her because she’s a Filipino, no matter the difference in political view? And if she wins, her victory is yours too. Because like what she said, it’s always country over crown.