Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray and Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar have expressed anxiety over the recent controversy of sexual harassment during the Miss Earth Contest.
"It is unfortunate that they have experienced this in our country, but I think they made the right thing to come forward and say what happened," Gray said on Monday during London's entertainment at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.
Gray praised those who came forward because "when women can feel well-trained and feel confident enough to emerge and imitate the perpetrator, I think that consciousness and action are coming."
"And ahead, we should make women feel like I can talk," adds the 24-year-old queen of beauty from Albaya.
Meanwhile, Huelar was scared when he found out what had happened. "I'm sorry to have happened. If this is true and they can prove it, I'm completely against and I do not like it," she said in English and Filipino.
He pointed out that the host country assumes responsibility for respect.
Miss England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, Miss Canada Jaime VandenBerg and Miss Guam Emma Mae Sheedy hijacked Instagram to share her experiences of how they were sexually disturbed during the Miss Earth contest in the Philippines.
Huelar reminded those who experienced sexual harassment to "always know your value, know their value".
When such moments appear, Huelar said that he must speak and express discomfort and negative things he feels.
Gray echoed this and said, "I hope that this will not allow you to determine which future relationships will be like you and that perhaps if you get the appropriate counseling service and love from your family and people around you and if you feel bold enough, share your story. "
She added that "there are women too excited to pronounce" their experiences and testimony that beauty contestants can inspire others to be brave.
Miss England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, Miss Canada Jaime VandenBerg and Miss Guam Emma Mae Sheedy shared Instagram sexually disturbed during the Miss Earth contest in the Philippines.
Gray will try to win the fourth quarter of the Miss Universe crown on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Huelar, on the other hand, will depart for the Miss Supranational crown on December 7 in Poland. / ee
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