- Rabiya Mateo could not help but feel "really sad" over the toxic behavior of some Filipino pageant fans
- According to Rabiya, "nobody deserves to be in that position" and that she does not tolerate bullying
- It can be worth noting that recently, Miss Canada, took to social media to share the rude comments she received
- This prompted Rabiya to address the situation and reveal that she personally apologized to Miss Thailand and Miss Canada
Rabiya Mateo has expressed her sadness over the toxic behavior of some Filipino pageant fans.
On Wednesday, May 5, KAMI learned that the beauty queen had an online interview with Armin Adina of the Daily Inquirer.
During the interview, Adina asked Rabiya what she thought about some of the Filipino pageant fans leaving rude comments towards other candidates.
"Armin, you know what, it makes me really sad. I saw the post of Nova earlier today and I really feel sorry to her because nobody deserves to be in that position," she began.
According to Rabiya, she has also been bashed before and she knows how it feels to be receiving such comments.
"I've been bashed, you know. And there was a moment in which that a lot of people would tell me, 'That's normal, you're a beauty queen.'
"But I've seen how it affected not just me but also other candidates. We have a WhatsApp group and we would talk about it."
Rabiya then went on to reveal that she personally apologized to Miss Thailand and Miss Canada.
"And actually, I talked to several girls. I actually personally sent messages to Amanda, to Nova saying sorry.
"Because these hate speeches that we see online, this is not a reflection of who we are as Filipinos. I can say that we do love pageants, and we support girls.
According to Rabiya, the goal of Miss Universe is to come together to celebrate differences. She also emphasized that she does not tolerate bullying as well.
"And with Miss Universe, the goal is to celebrate the differences and to be with the girls and the cause that they stand for.
"That's why this is a very emotional topic. And I would always campaign, as a person, I do not tolerate bullying in all forms and in all ways."
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Rabiya Mateo became well-known in the country after she won the Miss Universe Philippines 2020. Although she got accused by some netizens of being a diva and having an unfair advantage during the pageant, many people have defended her character.
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As reported earlier by KAMI, Rabiya Mateo recently went viral when a video of her 'Halabira walk' for Miss Universe was posted online.
Meanwhile, Rabiya also made headlines when former Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, told the former to focus and to stay on her lane.
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