MANILA, Philippines – Dethroned beauty queen Maria Venus Raj will not be given any special treatment when she applies for a Philippine passport, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.
DFA spokesman Eduardo Malaya said Raj will have to go through the right process before she can obtain a passport.
He announced the creation of an ad hoc committee to look into the case of the Filipino-Indian beauty from Camarines Sur.
According to Malaya, this is to avoid any perception that the department is giving the beauty queen a preferential treatment.
The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) stripped Raj of her crown due to inconsistencies in her birth records. BPCI later announced that it was allowing the beauty queen to reclaim her title "for humanitarian reasons."
The dethroned 2010 Binibining Pilipinas-Universe can only reclaim her crown if she can secure a valid Philippine passport.
"We have reassessed the situation pertaining to Miss Maria Venus Raj and have decided, for humanitarian reasons, that if she is able to obtain a valid Philippine passport, we will reinstate her as the reigning Bb. Pilipinas-Universe," the BPCI said in a statement issued on Saturday.