Suot pa rin ni Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2017 Katarina Rodriguez ang kanyang sash nang makausap siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa Novotel Hotel, nitong Miyerkules, May 3.
Isa itong pruweba na walang katotohanan ang balitang kumalat kahapon, May 2, na magkakaroon ng “crown switching” dahil hindi umano siya kuntento sa beauty title na napanalunan sa Binibining Pilipinas 2017.
Ano ang naging reaksiyon niya nang makarating sa kanya ang balitang magre-resign siya?
Saad ng model-turned-beauty queen, “My phone was cut for a while so I really didn’t know what’s going on.
“And then when I got my line back on, I was like, ‘Wooh, what’s going on?’”
Patuloy niya, “I was confused. I thought I was…
“I was really confused... like, ‘What?’
“I wore it [her crown] one time only.
“I didn’t even get to really wear it without looking at it so...”
Hindi raw kailanman sinabi ni Katarina na isasauli niya ang korona.
“No... that was never said… never. I think everyone was just curious.
“I guess people don’t sleep so when I finally woke up... I was messaging them and said, ‘My god, girls, what’s going on?’
“And then my family was also confused as to what was happening but, yeah, I think it’s just really something that was...
“I don’t know why anyone would say that without hearing it from me or seeing text message or me writing it down, which why I responded in my post on Instagram and on Twitter.
“I didn’t want to respond to anyone else because I don’t know where it was coming from, and one general statement I think is all that should be needed.”
Itinanggi rin ni Katarina na nagkaroon ng emergency meeting ang Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) kahapon para pag-usapan ang pagbawi sa korona niya.
“No... I’m only aware of the mandatory meeting that happened,” sabi niya.
Nakahanap naman ng kakampi si Katarina kay Bb. Pilipinas-Grand Intercontinental 2017 Elizabeth Clenci na hindi nakatiis na magsalita tungkol sa “crown switching” controversy.
Pahayag ni Elizabeth, “I think people should always wait for Binibining ilipinas Charities, Inc. to release an official statement.
“That’s it, because at the end of the day, they’re the truth.”