Allegations should be brought to proper channels, not through social media - pageant analyst

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26)  A pageant expert said allegations in the recently concluded Miss Universe Philippines should be addressed properly instead of through social media.

"Kung may mga personal allegations lang… instead of idaan sa social media, bakit hindi idaan through proper channels kung mayroon man," pageant analyst Norman Tinio told CNN Philippies News.PH on Monday.

[Translation: If there are personal allegations… instead of going through social media, why not use proper channel if there are any.]

Tinio said allegations should be backed up by proof, although he said he believes that the competition was fair. Complaining after someone was crowned would only look like that the person complaining is just feeling bad of not winning or placing in the finals, he added.

The issue stemmed from a Miss Universe Philippines candidate who wrote a cryptic message - "real queens play fair, don't cheat" - on her Instagram story.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo denied receiving "VIP treatment" during the competition, and said she fought fair and worked hard to win the title.