- Rabiya Mateo is demanding a public apology from an Iloilo-based media company, Panay News
- This, after it posted an infographic quoting the Miss Universe Philippines 2020’s statement during her guesting on “The Boobay and Tekla Show”
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- In the statement, Rabiya said she wanted to be in a relationship with a caring guy and she also said in jest, “Tatay pala talaga 'yung hinahanap”
- Rabiya’s camp then alleged that Panay News’ infographic “was clearly taken out of context”
- Panay News later on published an article saying that its post also made clear that “Mateo’s statement was a joke”
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo’s legal counsel recently released a statement to call out Iloilo-based news outlet Panay News over its alleged "malicious" and "libelous" infographic about the beauty queen.
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The said infographic contains Rabiya’s statement during her guesting on “The Boobay and Tekla Show” aired on GMA on September 19.
The texts in the infographic quoting Rabiya read: "Three years 'yung [age gap namin ng] ex ko pero nakipag-date din ako sa seven years ‘yung gap namin.
It can be recalled that Rabiya had a long-time boyfriend named Neil Salvacion. However, Neil confirmed their split in an Instagram story on June 4, as per Rappler.
The said infographic furthemore quoted Rabiya: "Wala akong dad so siguro yung hinahanap ko sa relationship is somebody na mag-aalaga sa'kin. Tatay pala talaga 'yung hinahanap."
Meanwhile, in a statement released to ABS-CBN News, the beauty queen's legal counsel Ralph Calinisan lamented that "Panay News slanted our client's comments”.
Here’s the full statement:
Following the news, Panay News published an article on the said subject.
“Panay News made this clear, too – that Mateo’s statement was a joke – in the caption/content together with the infographic posted on Sept. 23.”
“For further proper context, Panay News also shared the video link of the Sept. 19 ‘The Boobay and Tekla Show’.”
Rabiya Occeña Mateo is a Filipina-Indian model and is the reigning Miss Universe Philippines. The beauty queen represented the Philippines in the 69th Miss Universe pageant held on May 16, 2021 in Florida, USA. She concluded her journey in the prestigious pageant in top 21.
Rabiya was asked by the hosts of “The Boobay and Tekla Show” to show off her acting skills. She proved that she has what it takes to be an actress, showing off both her drama and comedy skills. It is Rabiya’s dream to be an actress and recently, she officially signed as a Kapuso star.
Previously, Rabiya showed another side of herself on the very first episode of her YouTube vlog. The beauty queen showed off her fun side and her amazing sense of humor as she bantered with her friends. She also showed how she spent her last day in Los Angeles, California after the Miss Universe pageant. Finally, Rabiya displayed her passion as she revealed that she was the one who edited the entire first episode.