Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon has always been vocal about her thoughts and opinions and that didn’t stop her from commenting about the recent incident with the government’s war on drugs.
Mocha Uson, the appointed secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (why did this happen again?), was quick to respond to Mariel’s tweet. She posted a screencap on her Facebook page and wrote a response that says, “Ate, wag puro ganda ginagamit mo. Iba ang murder at iba ang pagpatay sa kriminal.” (Don’t just use your beauty. There’s a difference between murder and killing of criminals.) First thing that I noticed is that Mocha tried to discredit Mariel for simply being pretty—that’s off to a bad start.
“Hindi inutos ng aming Pangulo ang patayin ang inosente. Kung meron mga tiwaling pulis hindi ito kasalanan ng Pangulo at ito ay kanyang pinaparusahan.” (The President did not order to kill innocent people and if there are police officers who break the law, this is not the President’s fault. In fact, he punishes them.) Mocha ended the post with, “Don’t confuse murder with killing the criminals.”
Mariel followed it up with two more tweets and she seems to not give a damn and stands her ground. (You go, girl!)
Hate inspires hate.
Violence inspires violence.
“Until we stop harming others, we are all still savages.”
Mariel has gotten flak and negative responses on her opinions and political stand, but she remains firm in sharing them to the public as a way to raise awareness and never hate. May there be more people who speak out about the truth and much more who are willing to listen.