Pinay's pageant title bid aborted

October 19, 2019
Samantha Lo
Samantha Lo

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said beauty titlist Samantha Lo, the Philippines’ bet to Miss Grand International, has no record in its consular database.

Reports said she was deported from France en route to Venezuela for the pageant for possession of fake passport.

“Based on an ongoing investigation, the DFA confirms that Ms. Lo has no record in the DFA passport database and is continuing the process of ascertaining the facts of the case,” DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Menez told reporters.

Menez refused to elaborate on Lo’s reported detention at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, saying other queries may be best answered by the Binibining Pilipinas organizers.

On Friday, a daily newspaper reported that Lo was en route to Venezuela to represent the country at the Miss Grand International pageant when airport authorities in Paris arrested her over a fake passport.

Lo is now back in the Philippines.

The Grand Coronation of Miss Grand International is slated on October 25.