Here’s a version of the “palit-puri’ scheme at the Miss Earth 2018 beauty pageant.
Organizer of Miss Earth 2018 confirmed the removal of the sponsor who allegedly sexually harassed three candidates during the international beauty pageant held in the Philippines.
“Tatanggalin na,” Lorraine Schuck, Executive Vice President of Carousel Productions that runs the Miss Earth pageant, said Thursday in an interview on CNN’s Balitaan.
Schuck recounted how the pageant’s team managers immediately took action after finding out what happened to Miss England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown and Miss Canada Jaime VandenBerg.
“Even during the time, the team managers took action na without me knowing pa or they didn’t tell me yet. They took the girl who felt uncomfortable to the bus na,” she narrated.
And when she found out about it, she said she talked to them to know what really happened: “I was told by England that they were inviting them to go to Boracay, to tour, ganon. And parang nagiinsinuate daw ng something in return.”
Schuck said she asked Gyles-Brown why she didn’t immediately tell their team manager the details.
“The reason why she didn’t tell her team manager about it, baka daw matatanggalan siya ng points. Sinabi ko sa kanya ‘di ka matatanggalan ng points,’” the EVP said.
The following day, Schuck said she called the sponsor, Amado S. Cruz, who was named by Miss Guam Emma Mae Sheedy in an Instagram post on Thursday.
“Bakit mo ginaganyan ang mag babae?” So syempre sabi nya ‘wala naman akong kwan, tinatanong ko lang naginvite lang ako,’” Schuck narrated.
She said they banned him from the pageant’s events, contrary to what Miss England claimed that he still showed up at a preliminary event and the coronation night.
Schuck, however, did not deny that Cruz still attended the coronation night, saying “How can I stop naman it’s a public place? We give out tickets.”
VandenBerg, Gyles-Brown and Sheedy all took to Instagram on how they were sexually harassed during the Miss Earth pageant in the Philippines./ac