Binibining Pilipinas - International 2017 Mariel De Leon is trending online after her straighforward critique of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidate Catriona Gray.
During the Road to the Crown of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 last weekend, Catriona shared being an empath as one of her strengths, to which Mariel responded, "I really love your confidence and the way you speak but sometimes it seems just a tiny bit scripted."
Mariel has received her share of criticisms following her comment and has defended herself on Twitter.
Fellow queen Binibining Pilipinas - Intercontinental 2017 Katarina Rodriguez also defended Mariel on Twitter, saying that knowing Mariel, she wouldn't want to bring any person down.
Screenshot from @KatarinaRodri on twitter