MANILA, Philippines—Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was “very disappointed” that Shamcey Supsup, the country’s bet in the 2011 Miss Universe, did not get the title to the point that she was planning to file a protest.
“I’m going to file a protest if possible, if there’s any legal remedy because all the fan ratings rated Miss Philippines very, very high,” Santiago told reporters on Tuesday.
“I thought it will be at least a contest between her and Ms. Ukraine but it turns out neither one made the top two positions which shows that I’m better as a senator than as a beauty consultant,” she said.
Asked if she was serious in filing the protest, Santiago laughed and said, “Well if there’s a legal remedy, I don’t think it might be taken as lacking in the fields of sportsmanship.”
Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon also expressed sadness over the Supsup’s failure to bag the title.
Supsup was proclaimed third runner-up in the coronation night held in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Angolan beauty Leila Lopes won the crown.