Agad-agad na naglabas ng statement ang Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. para sagutin ang mga pahayag ni Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Ashley Lo, na nasa Venezuela ngayon para sa beauty pageant.
Nasambit nga ni Samantha na ni hindi siya tinulungan ng local pageant organizer sa naging problema niya sa Paris. Na ang mga magulang daw niya ang gumawa ng paraan para mailabas siya sa pagkaka-detine sa Paris.
Heto nga ang kanilang official na pahayag:
“Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. is aware of the unfortunate incident involving Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Ashley Lo.
“Ms. Lo was detained by immigration officials in Paris and was eventually sent back to Manila due to issues with her Philippine 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’.
“Ms. Lo also holds a US passport and, therefore, a transit visa is not needed. Past Binibini Queens have done this and have encountered no problems in their travels without transit visas.
“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.
“We had chosen not to make any statements in deference to an ongoing investigation into the matter and to protect Samantha’s privacy after revelations of a fake passport had put her in this situation. However, due to her social media post, BPCI is forced to make a statement to ensure that only facts are presented, nothing else.
“For over five decades, BPCI has been sending Filipina delegates to international beauty pageants and we have always adhered to travel requirements set by the countries where our Binibinis compete. Through all this, BPCI stands by integrity, honesty, and the best of Filipino values in its dealing with people and other organizations.”
Well… (Dondon Sermino)