Katarina Rodriguez reacts to sexual harassment allegations of Miss Earth candidates

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Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez speaks out about women experiencing sexual harassment. Some candidates of Miss Earth 2018 took to Instagram this week and revealed they were sexually harassed during the pageant, which was held recently in the Philippines.


Saludo si Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez sa mga babaeng naglalakas-loob magsalita matapos makaranas ng sexual harassment.

Mainit na usapin ngayon ang paglantad ng ilang kandidata ng Miss Earth 2018 upang isiwalat ang sexual harassment na naranasan umano nila mula sa isang sponsor ng annual international pageant na idinaos sa Pilipinas.

Sa pamamagitan ng Instagram, inilahad nina Miss Canada Jaime VandenBerg, Miss Guam Emma Sheedy, at Miss England Abby-Anne Gyles-Brown ang pangha-harass sa kanila sa pre-pageant activities ng Miss Earth 2018.

Ginanap ang grand coronation nito noong Sabado, November 3, sa Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.

Samantala, isa ring kandidata ng Miss Earth 2018, si Miss Cuba Monica Aguilar, ang nag-post sa Instagram ng pagkontra sa mga alegasyon ng tatlong kandidata.

Ani Monica, walang nangyaring sexual harassment sa mga candidate.


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KATARINA’S OPINION

Eksklusibong nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Katarina sa kanyang send-off press conference na ginanap sa Annabel’s Restaurant, Quezon City, nitong Huwebes, November 8.

Gaganapin naman ang Miss World 2018 sa Sanya, China, December 8.

Hiningi ng PEP.ph ang opinyon ng 26-year-old model-turned-beauty queen tungkol sa beauty-pageant candidates na nakararanas ng sexual harassment.

Pahayag ni Katarina, “I think it’s not just beauty queens, but I suppose yes, because beauty pageants are such a big thing.

“I’d like to say na sana na lang that whoever speaks up... I completely commend them for speaking up, kasi medyo mahirap iyan.”

Ibinahagi rin ni Katarina na kaibigan niya ang Filipino-Italian model-beauty queen na si Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, 26.

Naging kontrobersiyal si Ambra matapos ibunyag na nakaranas siya ng sexual harassment noong 2015 mula kay Harvey Weinstein, isang big-time American film producer.

Kuwento ni Katarina, “I’m a good friend of Ambra Gutierrez. She inspires me a lot. She is one of the victims of Harvey Weinstein.

“She’s half-Filipina, half-Italian.

“I listened to her podcast and followed her story.

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“She experienced it first-hand, multiple times, even as Miss Italy, kasi she did Miss Italy.”

Naging finalist si Ambra sa Miss Italy noong 2010.

Pagpapatuloy ni Katarina, “But her story is so true and I hope the girls who do come out, they’re strong girls, who are wanting to speak up…"

Dugtong ni Katarina, “Sana it’s true. You only ever want to speak the truth, right?

“So, that’s the first thing, I have to say.

“And the second thing—believing what they’re saying is true—it’s scary… it’s a scary thing to go through.

“I would not wanna go through that.”

Mensahe naman ni Katarina sa mga abuser, “For those who do take advantage, sana na lang they think about their actions.

"They think about what they’re doing and they respect women… not just women, but respect people.

“Everyone should respect male or female, whatever gender. You should just give respect to whoever you’re encountering.”

Binanggit din kay Katarina na may mga pagkakataong ang mga biktima ng sexual harassment pa ang binabatikos dahil sa pagsasalita.

Pagsang-ayon niya, "Exactly. People might not believe them. It’s like the boy who cried wolf.

“Baka it’s from cases before, scenarios before.

“So my best advice is to be smart about it.

“Be smart on how you want to tackle the situation to regain justice or whatever your end goal is. Just be smart.”

Ngayong Sabado, November 10, ay lilipad si Katarina papuntang China at mananatili roon hanggang sa coronation night ng Miss World 2018 sa December 8.


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