Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidate Vickie Rushton may not have won the crown, but that will not keep her down.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Vickie revealed she was also dismayed with her performance during the question and answer portion of the pageant last June 9. She came prepared, she said, but was "distracted" by an audience member.
"I know kung ano'ng sasabihin ko. Pero may nag-distract sa'kin sa audience, doon ako nawala," she explained.
“May tumayo at nag-make face [kaya na-distract ako]. Pero of course 'yung advocacy ko [diretso pa rin 'yun."
Vickie's boyfriend Jason Abalos also took to Twitter earlier today, June 10, to defend Vickie from her bashers.
"Ganito, lahat kasi napapansin ni Vickie. Kahit 'yung kumakain na parang baboy sa mesa, 'yung maingay ngumuya, [o] 'yung pagtama ng kutsara sa plato," he explained.
He continued, "Lahat ng turo sa kanila sa school, pati 'yung kapag nagsasalita ka dapat patapusin ka muna bago sumabat, puwera na lang kung babastusin ka talaga at hindi ka papatapusin.”
"Sobrang prepared siya sa lahat. Pinaghandaan niya talaga 'to, hindi lang siya handa sa fans ng ibang candidates na nag-ingay noong siya na ang sumasagot sa Q & A. Hindi ko sila masisisi, kung ako man siguro iba ang bet ko tapos hakot awards 'yung isa, makakaramdam din ako ng takot."
Moving forward, Jason encouraged everyone to learn how to respect one another.
"Pero tapos na, guys. Okay na 'yan. Happy ang lahat ng candidates sa naging experience nila. Marami silang natutunan [kaya] matuto na rin tayong rumespeto ng ibang tao.”
Former beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez and Vickie's fellow "Pinoy Big Brother All In" housemate Alex Gonzaga also expressed their support.
Prior to joining this year's Binibining Pilipinas, Vickie was also hailed as Binibining Pilipinas 1st Runner-up in 2018.
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