Tyang Aby Maraño appeals for respect for teammate Michelle Morente

Feb 20, 2019

NO matter how much a player tries to brush off negative comments on social media, it's still very hard to ignore hurtful posts especially when their loved ones are involved.

F2 Logistics opposite spiker Michelle Morente was a hot topic on social media when she tweeted on Monday a screenshot of an anonymous fan’s post.

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She could not help but to post a reply, “I mean, I'll just put it out here. This breaks my heart literally. Pati ba naman pamilya ko idadamay. You can bash me whenever you want. Pero wag niyo idamay family ko. Sumsobra na po kayo. Grabe po talaga.”

Morente, though, found an ally in her F2 Logistics teammate Aby Maraño, who came to her defense.

The former Ateneo star politely declined to comment on the issue but when a handful of reporters asked Maraño for her opinion, the national team skipper was straight forward with her answer.

“Nakakalungkot kasi nakabasa ako ng pati yung pamilya niya dinadamay [ng bashers]. Ano ang ginawa ni Michelle sa inyo na kinagagalit niyo ng sobra-sobra, na to the point na idamay natin ang pamilya?” said Maraño.

“Nakakalungkot na ganoon yung pag-iisip ng ibang fans, na may masabi lang,” she added.

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Maraño pointed out that Morente is no longer part of the UAAP and she has nothing to do with the Lady Spikers.

“Kahit sabihin nila [bashers] yun, wala namang epekto yun sa mga batang naglalaro ngayon sa UAAP kasi si Michelle yun eh, labas siya sa La Salle Lady Spikers, kasi sa amin siya sa F2 siya,” said Maraño. “Bilang teammate ni Michelle, nalulungkot ako.”

If there’s one thing that Maraño is happy about, it was Morente’s performance on Tuesday. Morente scored 15 points in their win over Cignal, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21, 25-14, at the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan.

“Pero tignan mo naman ang laro niya ngayon di ba?” she said. “Maganda naman ang tinatakbo ng laro niya so goods din.”

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