Friday, November 9, 2018

Miss Earth organizers reply amid 'harassment' controversy on candidates: "They opted to go to social media and discredit the organization"



Miss Earth 2018 candidates accused Filipino sponsor of harassment. Image credit to Philippine Star
Miss Earth is an annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness, and this year beautiful candidate from different countries around the world came in the Philippines as the host for this yearly event. 

Recently, three contestants of Miss Earth have accused a 'Filipino sponsor' of Miss Earth have allegedly harassed them during their stay in the Philippines. 

According to Miss Earth Canada, she shared her disgusting experience in her social media account narrating how a 'sponsor' tried to harass her and took her mobile number just to get her room number in a hotel they stayed in Manila 

Miss Earth-Canada Jaime Yvonne Vandenberg, Miss Earth-England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, and Miss Earth-Guam Emma Mae Sheedy all shared in their social media accounts how excited they were to compete and to enjoy the Philippines, but it was ruined by a pageant sponsor's alleged sexual requests.


Allegations of Miss Earth candidates 

The candidates unnamed the sponsor that offered them to go at Boracay in exchange of sexual favors. However, Miss Earth-Guam Emma Mae Sheedy said the Filipino sponsor, whom she identified as Amado Cruz whom has grabbed her backside during the National Costume Competition, but told her not to tell anyone about it.

Image screenshot credit to Instagram

Image screenshot credit to Instagram

Image screenshot credit to Instagram

Officials of the Manila Yacht Club, where the incident supposedly took place, said Cruz is not a member and could have just been sponsored by a friend who happens to be part of the club.

Cruz has been unofficially sponsoring meals and dinners for the women for at least 5 years now since he owns a restaurant near the hotels of the contestants.

Lorraine Schuck trying to reach Miss Earth candidates 

The founder and executive vice president of the production that runs the pageant said in a Facebook post that the Miss Earth organizers is willing to support and help the candidates who allegedly said they have been harassed by the sponsor, however instead of them working together, the candidates prefer to post their experience and sentiments in social media that disappoints Schuck. 

Lorraine Schuck. Image credit to Missosology

According to the Miss Earth organizers, they have protected the safety of the candidates during their stay in the Philippines since they continuously promote the Philippines worldwide. 

However, Schuck was disappointed why the candidates opted to air their issues online even if they have already talked about it. She said the organization asked the candidates to file a written statement on the incidents to help them should Vandenberg and Gyles-Brown decide to file a case against the sponsor.

"We were ready to support the two in any action they may have wished to take against the individual who offended them.  Unfortunately, instead of working together with us on this matter they opted to go to social media and discredit and disparage the organization.

Miss Earth organizers also clarified and denied the allegations of Miss Earth Canada that they keep the passports of candidates on the first day of competition.

Miss Earth organizers denied her allegation, saying they only keep the passports for safekeeping.

"Miss Earth organization does not confiscate passports of delegates. Incidentally, Miss Liberia who was supposed to fly back to her country last November 5 was not allowed to fly because she had misplaced her passport. "


Read full post below:

"OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM CAROUSEL PRODUCTIONS, INC. - MISS EARTH ORGANIZER

1. Delegates of Miss Earth are divided into three (3) groups with each group having three (3) Team Managers and three (3) Philippine National Police (PNP) detail.

2. At the very start of the pageant, the Team Managers brief all the delegates on several matters including, but not limited to, what their activities will be during their stay, the need to rest and sleep early, how to look after their personal stuff like wallets and telephones when they are out, to not believe or ignore people they meet who claim to be one of the pageant’s judges and, most important, to report immediately to their Team Manager or PNP detail if they have any problems whatsoever especially on their safety and security.

3. In a function last October 14, Miss Canada and Miss England reported to their Team Managers that they felt like being sexually harassed by one of the function’s sponsors. The moment the office told me about the incident, I called the Team Managers immediately and asked them what happened. Right there and then I told the Team Manager to give the phone to Miss England and then to Miss Canada so I could talk to them and find out what happened. I assured them that the Miss Earth organization does not condone nor tolerate any rude or immoral behavior towards the delegates by sponsors or anybody for that matter. I IMMEDIATELY instructed our Project Director to ban the alleged perpetrator from all further functions and events. I reminded the Team Managers and Police Security detail to be more vigilant in making sure that none of the candidates experience this unfortunate incident again.

4. Subsequently, I requested ALL the delegates to submit a written statement to me to enable me to find out directly from them if they experienced a similar incident so we could take appropriate action. I also wanted to find out if any of the other delegates could corroborate the complaint of Miss Canada and Miss England so we could use the statements to help the two in case they decided to file a case against the alleged harasser. We were ready to support the two in any action they may have wished to take against the individual who offended them. Unfortunately, instead of working together with us on this matter they opted to go to social media and discredit and disparage the organization.

5. The Miss Earth Organization DOES NOT CONFISCATE passports of delegates. In the 18 years we’ve been doing this pageant, there had been several instances of candidates misplacing or losing their passports. We hold the delegates passports for safekeeping and to facilitate their check-in for their domestic flights and hotel accommodations. The delegates are free to keep their passports if they want to. We make them sign a Waiver that should they lose or misplace their passport the organization would not be responsible for it. Incidentally, Miss Liberia who was supposed to fly back to her country last November 5 was not allowed to fly because she had misplaced her passport. She had to stay overnight in the airport because she was not allowed to re-enter the country and go back to the hotel without a passport.

6. The Miss Earth organization has always and continues to look after the safety, security and welfare of its candidates. It has not and will never condone nor tolerate any offensive or indecent acts or behavior to be committed towards or against any of its delegates and staff."

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