NATIONAL team skipper Aby Maraño can endure grueling training, bruises and time away from family. But what she can't - and won't - tolerate are 'know-it-all bashers.'
The outspoken middle blocker did not bother to sugar coat her words when asked how she will deal with trolls on social media, especially after being handed the captaincy of the PH team to the Asian Games in Indonesia.
“Ngayon nga ready na ako na maka-receive ng mga ganyan (negative comments),” she said defiantly.
Maraño, who’s known for her all-heart, beast-mode, don’t-care attitude, explained bashers have zero knowledge of what the players have to go through every day just so they could play volleyball at the highest level.
“Kasi ‘yung mga bashers hindi naiintindihan kung ano ‘yung nararamdaman ng mga players eh. Hindi nila nararanasan ang hirap na pinagdadaanan namin,” she said.
“Napapagod, nagkakapasa, nagkakasugat pero lahat ‘yun sinasakripisyo namin para sa volleyball at sa bayan at sa aming mga pamilya, ‘di ba? Tapos ikaw ay maba-bash pa, mahuhusgahan pa. Hindi na po ‘yan tama,” she added.
The former La Salle captain stressed that she’s not afraid to face anyone who dares to bash the national team.
Even before she was named team captain, back when the nationals were preparing for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, she confronted social media trolls and told them not to meddle with the team's affairs.
She said it's high time players speak up and face trolls.
“So mula sa mga players kailangan may mag-speak up, kailangan may magsabi sa kanila na hindi po ito tama, tao po kami at may nararamdaman kami, nakakasakit po kayo at hindi niyo naiintindihan kung ano ang sitwasyon,” she said.
“Kung wala naman masasabing maganda, manahimik na lang. Kung hindi sila pabor sa amin, hindi rin naman po kami para i-please pa sila,” she added.