Some still cannot seem to move on with Rachel Peters’ journey to the crown ending with a Top 10 finish. With her beauty, grace, ‘infinity walk,’ and efforts, fans just cannot seem to fathom how she could not have reached the top 5 or top 3 which took the chance for the audience to hear how her mind spoke as a beauty queen.
However, one of the dismaying parts of this is not really her loss but how this has affected people to act and react.
Netizens being vocal on their opinions online started blaming Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, who was a judge on the coronation night.
Some users of the Twiterverse seem to be venting out their frustrations of the loss by blaming Pia.
It started with harmless tweets like:
Twitter user @laurencebuezaaa tweeted, “Pia ‘di ba judge ka (you’re a judge right)? Do something!”
But these quickly escalated to users affiliating their camps and accusing Pia of ill intentions. Pia is from Aces and Queens, while Rachel from Kagandahang Flores.
“Nilaglag siya siguro ni (She was probably dropped by) @PiaWurtzbach kasi baka ma-steal sa kanya ang popularity and to think na magkaibang training camp sila (because she might steal her popularity and to think that they came from different training camps). Naku, ewan ko na lang ha (I don’t know),” said @YelSalaza.
On detail, @kakaidave said, “Since 2010, dalawang beses lang naligwak ang Pilipinas sa (the Philippines failed only two times to join the) Top5/6 sa (of) Miss Universe, [which are] si MJ (Lastimosa) and Rachel, both from Kagandahang Flores camp. Aces and Queens produced our most competitive beauty queens, Venus (Raj), Shamcey (Supsup), Ara (Arida), Pia, Maxine (Medina) who all advanced to Top 5/6.”
@lance1148 tweeted “LOL. Judge kasi si Pia kaya may bearing ang hindi pagpasok ni Rachel sa Top 5 (Pia is judge so there is that bearing if Rachel fails to make it to the top 5). You don’t let someone snatch your popularity and endorsement.”
Some users have also been pointing out that Pia has not been congratulating or showing support for Rachel even after the end of the coronation night.
However, without mentioning Pia, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, who was also trained by Aces and Queens, answered these accusations through a tweet.
“Rachel, you made us proud. Now, let’s stop these ‘camp wars.’ There is no such thing amongst us. Yes, we train with different groups but we respect one another and we give our support, however, we can. It is always #ForThePhilippines,” she said.
Some pageant enthusiasts are defending Pia, saying that as a judge she had to maintain neutrality to avoid controversies.
@wanderlustwella said, “Don’t blame Pia though. There are lots of contestants who are better than Rachel, and a judge should not be in favor of something just because they are in the same country. It is hard for Pia but let us not judge her.”
“Lmao all these petty haters shaming Pia Wurtzbach for being UNBIASED as a judge. Get some common sense or get out,” @dommiyuu tweeted.
Comedienne Ethel Booba tweeted “’Wag na natin gawan ng issue beshiwang. Hindi lang naman si Pia ang judge dun ang dami nila. Deserving naman ‘yung nanalo….ako (Let us refrain from making an issue out of this. Pia is not the only judge, there were many others. The winner, I, deserved it). Charot!”
For @mariaarmieg, “Nakakatawa lang nung si Pia nanalo puring-puri ng lahat, nung nag-judge at natalo si Rachel, sinisi na. Kawawa naman si Pia. Hindi lang po siya ang mag-isang nag judge (It is funny how people kept on praising Pia when she won. But when she was a judge and Rachel lost, she is blamed. Poor Pia. She is not the only judge though),” she tweeted.
Apart from those mentioned beauty queens in the tweets, Janine Tugonon and Kylie Versoza are also from Aces and Queens. While, Precious Lara Quigaman, Bea Rose Santiago, and Karen Ibasco are from Kagandahang Flores.
As of writing, Pia has yet to make any statements about the issue.