MANILA, Philippines – Beauty queen hopeful Roxanne Cabanero has been removed from the official list of the Binibining Pilipinas candidates over a nude photo scandal.
A nude photo of a woman who looks like Cabanero has been circulating on the internet, and it has been a hot topic in several online fora and blogs.
Recently, a blog post claimed that the nude woman is Cabanero.
The Bb. Pilipinas candidate, however, vehemently denied that she is the woman in the picture.
"Nang tinignan ko, parang gumuho ang mundo ko dahil hindi ako iyon," she said.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, 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.
"Parang lumalabas na ako iyong suspect when the fact na ako ang biktima dito," Cabanero said.
Cabanero said BPCI’s decision is not fair since, she said, she is the victim in the incident.
"Sana naman konsiderasyon na matagal ko ring pinangarap 'to and then it's not easy to go this process. Ang sakit," she added.
Because of pressure, Cabanero was left with no choice but leave the pageant.
Cabanero 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.”