Published: Friday 09 November, 2018

LOOK Miss Earth Organization Official Statement Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

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Embattled Miss Earth Organization issues official statement. (Miss Earth/Carousel Productions)

After three Miss Earth 2018 contestants alleged sexual harassment during the pageant, Miss Earth Organization (MEO) issued an official statement on the controversy. The statement is posted on the pageant’s official Facebook page and details the step Miss Earth has taken, and is continually taking, to address the issue.

The official statement comes after Miss Earth Canada, Jaime VandenBerg, rocked the just concluded pageant by exposing alleged sexual harassment she suffered in the hands of a Miss Earth sponsor.

Miss Earth England and Miss Earth Guam likewise complained of the same thing thus corroborating Miss Canada’s allegation.

In its statement, MEO said it immediately took action after learning of the incidents. It asked all contestants to submit written statements if they have suffered sexual harassment, and identify the perpetrator. Unfortunately, according to Miss Earth some contestants declined to submit reports and opted to air their grievances on social media.

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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