As of March 2, 2011, Roxanne Cabanero has been removed from the official list of the Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Contestants over a photo scandal.
Recently, a website claimed that the woman in the picture was Roxanne Cabanero. However, the beauty queen hopeful denied picture.
In a TV interview, Cabanero said that she was actually the one who approached Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) to report the scandal.
According to her, she underwent an investigation conducted by BPCI itself.
However, she was suddenly caught off guard when she was asked by a BPCI lawyer to just drop from the competition to quell the speculations.
Roxanne Cabanero said that BPCI’s decision is not fair since, she said, she is the victim in the incident.
"I really hope that BPCI should give consideration that this is really my long time dream (becoming a beauty queen), and then it's not easy to go this process. It hurts" she said.
In the end, Roxanne has no choice but to leave the pageant because of pressure. She approached the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to help her identify the controversial blogger who posted her alleged photo.
Meanwhile, BPCI maintained that they merely implemented their rules and regulations.
They said they are stringent in screening their candidates, and if an incident such as this happens, they quickly call the attention of those involved.
“Bb. Pilipinas is governed by stringent rules and policies that are acceptable internationally. We strive to be very thorough in our screening but when violations or misinterpretations albeit deliberate or not unravel, we call the candidates’ attention to the matter," BPCI said.
BPCI said it is hoping “that all speculations regarding this incident will cease as BPCI is not inclined to delve into the issue any further in order to preserve the integrity of the pageant and the reputation of the concerned parties.”
Special thanks and credits to www.universalqueen.com
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