Ibinuking ng Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) na peke ang ginamit na Philippine passport ng pambato ng Pilipinas sa Miss Grand International sa Venezuela.
Ginawa ng pamunuan ng Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) ang paglilinaw matapos na madawit sa masaklap na sinapit ng Miss Grand International bet ng Pinas na si Samantha Ashley Lo sa Venezuela.
Sa mga naunang ulat ay sinasabing pinigil ng mga French authorities s Venezuela ang kandidato ng Pilipinas sa Miss Grand International dahil sa kuwestiyonableng gamit na passport.
“The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officially stated that Ms. Lo’s Philippine passport had been ‘tampered with and altered.’ During a meeting last week with Samantha, her parents and officials from the DFA and BPCI, it was admitted by Ms. Lo’s parents, that she secured her passport through a ‘fixer,’” ayon sa BPCI .
Paliwanag pa ng BPCI may hawak na US passport si Samantha kaya’t hindi na nito kailangan ng transit visa, taliwas sa sinasabi ng beauty queen na nabigo ang kanyang local organizer na bigyan siya ng tamang visa para walang aberya siyang makabiyahe sa Venezuela.
“Past Binibini Queens have done this and have encountered no problems in their travels without transit visas,” dagdag ng BPCI.
“It is also not true that BPCI did nothing to assist her.
Upon hearing of her situation in Paris, we immediately called upon DFA to assist her, and they did.
We are grateful for the intervention of Undersecretary Dulay, which otherwise would have resulted in very serious consequences for Samantha.
We wanted to support Samantha and help her resolve this. However, in the last few days, we were no longer able to contact her or her family. Late Saturday night, Samantha surfaced in Caracas, Venezuela based on her social media post.
We are very glad to know that she is not only safe but was welcomed by the MGI organization,” ayon pa sa pahayag ng BPCI.
Nilinaw rin ng BPCII na nanahimik ito sa isyu nakaraang linggo dahil nirerespeto nito ang ginagawang imbestigasyon at para protektahan na rin ang privacy ni Samantha matapos mabunyag na gumamit ito ng pekeng pasaporte.
“However, due to her social media post, BPCI is forced to make a statement to ensure that only facts are presented, nothing else,” giit pa ng BPCI.