Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beauty Queen Spotlight: Duterte Haters Turned Clappers?

Mariel de Leon in Miss International 2017 and Imelda Schweighart in Miss Earth 2016.
Both ended unplaced in their respective competitions. 

Photo courtesy (left) to Wazzup Pilipinas. 

For the record, Binibining Pilipinas-International 2017 Mariel de Leon and Miss Philippines-Earth 2016 Imelda Schweighart are the only Filipino beauty queens so far whose loss in the International pageant scene are celebrated by a sweeping majority of their fellow countrymen.

And both beauties have the same thing in common. Aside from being ‘clappers’ in their respective international beauty tilts, De Leon and Schweighart had both aired anti-Duterte government rhetorics in social media.

Schweighart, during a pre-pageant activity of Miss Earth 2016 was controversial in her video with Miss Austria when the former made fun of Duterte, comparing the Philippine President to Hitler. While De Leon, weeks after being crowned as the country’s representative to Miss International 2017 tweeted her repugnance against Mocha Uson’s appointment in the government, questioning the latter’s qualifications and integrity. You can read the whole story here.

Both beauty queens have been lambasted online by an angry mob of Duterte supporters for their ‘irresponsible’ and ‘undiplomatic’ tirades in social media. The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has the highest approval ratings among the government officials and is well-supported and loved by the vast majority of the Filipinos world-wide for his excellent leadership skills and strong political will to get rid of the Philippines from corruption, criminality and illegal drugs that have ravaged the country for decades.

No wonder why, these two beauties - De Leon and Schweighart, did not only lose in their respective competitions overseas but have also lost the huge support (and respect) from their fellow Filipinos. 

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