The Bb Pilipinas Charities, Inc (BPCI) contradicts the accusations of Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Ashley Lo that the local pageant organizer neglected her while she was detained at the Paris airport recently.
BPCI also denied that they did not give Samantha “proper transit visa” which caused all the problems..
However, the reigning Bb Pilipinas Grand Internaitonal 2019 representative is now in Caracas, Venezuela.
“[M]y local organizer, who handled my travel preparations, failed to equip me with the proper transit visa that may have enabled me to complete my earlier trip to this host country.
“Moreso, it wasn’t them who got me out of detention and put me safely on that plane to come back home. It was my family and other well-meaning Filipinos who did — and they are still not resting until this is over.
“And when this is all over, I hope to bring home the crown and glory to the Philippines and our people.”
According to a BPCI insider, they knew what Samantha went through at the Paris airport.
They said, Samantha was detained in paris airport and was sent back to the Philippines due to her Philippine passport issues.
Last Oct 18, DFA published their statement onlline.
“Based on an ongoing investigation, the DFA confirms that Ms. Lo has no record in the DFA passport database and is continuing the process of ascertaining the facts of the case.”
BCPI confirmed the report on their official statement.
“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, he parents and officials from the DFA and BPCI, it was admitted by Ms. Lo’s parents, that she secured her passport through a ‘fixer.’”
BCPI also added that they immediately coordinated with the DFA upoon learning that Samantha was indeed detained at the PARIS AIRPORT.
“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.”
BPCI could have remain mum about the issue, but Samantha posted in her Instagram account, so, the local organizer had to defend its integrity.
“We had chosen not to make any statements in deference to an ongoing investigation into the matter and to protect Sam’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.”
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