‘Sexual harassment is never OK’: Xyriel Manabat talked about ‘inappropriate’ comments to her body

Former child actress Xyriel Manabat, had her big break in the showbiz industry when she starred in ABS-CBN’s television series Agua Bendita, Momay, and 100 Days to Heaven. Now that she is already 16, she spoke up on social media comments sexualizing her body. The young star took a break from acting to focus on her studies. It was only this year when she graduated from high school. 

The 16-year-old recently became the talk of social media after she was flooded with inappropriate comments on her Instagram post. In an interview with ABS-CBN TV Xyriel addressed netizens’ “below-the-belt” comments about her body. “Hindi po ako na-fla-flatter sa ibang comments kasi yung iba po below-the-belt and sana alam nila and aware po yung mga tao na sexual harassment is never OK po. Hindi po siya fine,” she said. She also shared that despite anyone’s age, gender, or clothing, sexual harassment should not be tolerated. “Respect na lang po,” she explained. When asked if she asks for her parents’ permission on what to post on social media, Xyriel said her parents are supportive of her posts as long as she’s not hurting anyone. 

“Wala naman po silang problema sa mga ipo-post ko as long as yung mga caption, or yung mga sinusuot ko po ay walang ma-ooffend at walang nilalabag, walang natatapakang tao, wala po. At saka lagi ko sila kasama every time nagpipicture ako, sila pa nga nag-aayos ng buhok ko,” she said. Xyriel also revealed that after her last showbiz stint, she has received offers to work once again in the industry but she’s opting to focus on her studies first. Still, lots of netizens are blaming her, saying it's her own fault that's why people are harassing her online, yet there are many who still defends the former child star.  

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