Rabiya Mateo still clueless over father’s whereabouts

It seems that Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo’s search for her long missing father continues.

Identified as Syed Mohammed Abdullah Moqueet Hashmi, Mateo’s father, an Indian national, was said to have vanished without a trace after her mom gave birth to her and brother, Mokmok.

Rabiya Mateo as a baby with her father (Facebook)

The 23-year-old beauty queen believes her father deliberately abandoned them.

"I think it was his plan to abandon us, ‘cause what happened was when he went back to the US, his two brothers are still here studying.

"And then all of a sudden, all of the connection was cut. And my mother went to the school to talk to his two brothers, but unfortunately they also left for the US."

“As of the moment, I still have no contact or any trace, where is he right now. The last time I heard, he’s in Chicago and he’s practicing as a doctor."

She doesn’t harbor any ill-feeling towards her biological dad and is actually hopeful they will meet in the future.

Rabiya Mateo

Mateo took to Facebook to reach out to her dad last June.

Posting a photo of her as a baby being carried by her father, she vowed, "I will continue to be a breadwinner to our family, a good daughter to Mama, and a good role model to Mokmok.

"I will push myself to a new and greater limit every single day so that when the time comes and we meet again, you will tell everyone how proud you are that I'm your daughter and who knows, when that day comes I might be a doctor like you.

"I pray that wherever you are, you're surrounded by people who love you and take good care of you. "I hope you still think about me because I always think about you. Happy Father's Daddy and I miss you so much."