(Caracas, 10 de noviembre. Noticias24).-Tres participantes del concurso de belleza Miss Tierra acusaron a uno de los patrocinadores del certamen de acosarlas sexualmente durante una de las actividades previas a la gala final que se celebró el pasado sábado en Manila.
La representante de Guam, Emma Sheedy, se unió hoy a las denuncias que hicieron ayer las representantes de Canadá, Jaime VandenBerg, y Reino Unido, Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, sobre las proposiciones y tocamientos que sufrieron de Amado Cruz, propietario de varios restaurantes de la capital filipina.
Las tres concursantes utilizaron sus respectivas cuentas de Instagram para relatar cómo Cruz contactó con ellas para pedirles favores sexuales o que fueran con él a su casa, cómo este intentó entrar en la habitación de hotel de una de ellas o manoseó la espalda de otra.
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Statements from this years @missearth 2018 candidates! 👆🏻 • WE ARE STANDING UP & SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE ISSUES WE HAVE FACED DURING OUR JOURNEY/STAY AT MISS EARTH 2018. WE HAVE BROUGHT THIS TO YOUR ATTENTION AND SOCIAL MEDIAS AS WE FEEL MISS LORRAINE AND THE ORGANISATION HAVE TURNED THEIR HEADS AT OUR CRY FOR HELP. AS MOST OF YOU NOW KNOW I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SPEAK UP PERSONALLY TO LORRAINE ON THE 14th OCTOBER REGARDING MY ISSUES AND CONCERNS ABOUT AMADO CRUIZ A SPONSOR TO THE PAGEANT. STRAIGHT AFTER I VOICED MY CONCERNS TO MISS LORRAINE MISS CANADA 2018 ALSO SPOKE TO HER REGARDING HER THOUGHTS AND ENCOUNTERS WITH THE MISS EARTH SPONSOR AND HOW THE MISS EARTH PAGEANT WAS CONTRADICTING WITH THE USE OF PLASTIC BOTTLES AND SINGLE USE PLASTICS & OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT ETC WHILST BEING AWAY. MISS LORRAINE PROMISED TO ACT UPON THE ISSUES WITH AMADO THE SPONSOR AND SAID HE WOULD BE BANNED FROM ALL EVENTS MYSELF AND MISS CANADA ATTENDED. SO YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW SHOCKED WE WERE TO SEE HIS ATTENDANCE AT PREJUDGING EVENTS AND EVEN THE CORONATION NIGHT OF MISS EARTH 2018. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND BANNED FROM ALL CONTACT WITH THE ORGANISATION. I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT I SIGNED UP TO REPRESENT MY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WITH PRIDE AT AN ECOLOGICAL PAGEANT WHEREBY I WANTED TO PROMOTE MY ADVOCACY AND FURTHER PLANS TO PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS MOTHER EARTH. I AM 100% A GREEN QUEEN & ECO QUEEN I HAVE BEEN CAMPAIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING CHANGE TO PROTECT MOTHERS EARTH SINCE 2014 AND SHALL CONTINUE TO DO SO FOR AS LONG AS I CAN. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE BACKING OF MY NATIONAL DIRECTOR WHO ACTED UPON THIS ISSUE STRAIGHT AWAY ONCE NOTIFIED, PREVIOUS MISS EARTH ENGLANDS FROM 2011 TO DATE, PAST EARTH DELEGATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, DELEGATES FROM MY NATIONAL FINALS IN ENGLAND, PREVIOUS NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF MISS EARTH & MY WONDERFUL FILIPINO FANS AND FAMILY WHO I ADORE AND COULDN’T HAVE SPOKEN UP WITHOUT!! I WILL ALWAYS LOVE THE PHILIPPINES FOR SUPPORTING ME AND CHECKING UP ON MY SAFETY DURING AND AFTER THE FINALS! I WILL NOT LET THIS INCIDENT TARNISH MY THOUGHTS AND FEELING TOWARDS FILIPINOS. THIS WAS AN INDIVIDUAL ACT! • #MissEarth2018 #MeToo #speakuptoprotectothers
VandenBerg, la primera en denunciar el caso, aseguró que en uno de los eventos celebrado en el Manila Yacht Club ella y otras seis concursantes se sintieron “inseguras” por la actitud del patrocinador y decidieron regresar al hotel.
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I left to compete at an international pageant in the Philippines about a month ago. I was so excited because I had been to the Philippines before and loved the country and the people; however, the experience with the pageant was not what I had expected. I left Miss Earth because I did not feel safe under their care. The second day of the pageant I felt uncomfortable because a sponsor from the first night was given my phone number, without my consent, and was calling me asking for my hotel and room number. I gave my phone to a team manager so that she could resolve the issue, but it did not work. He showed up to almost all of my events telling me he could take care of my needs and asked for sexual favours in exchange to get me further in the pageant. I was disgusted. He showed up to a hotel some girls were staying at and when I ran into him he continued to ask for my room number. I was lucky I wasn’t staying at that hotel. After so many strange calls, I recognized his phone number and was able to block it. At an event at the Manila Yacht Club he took all of the delegates in my group to his yacht and had some girls take sultry photos. Again, I was disgusted. Later in the pageant we had another sponsor event at the Manila Yacht Club and he was telling girls he could take them to Boracay, as long as we didn’t tell any one. A group of us left to sit out side as we did not feel comfortable. He followed us outside and was upset we were not dancing with him. The team mangers laughed and told us to be nice. Eventually we were allowed to go and sit on the bus because we refused to go back to his yacht. Six girls and myself left because we felt unsafe at that event. I asked many times why more girls weren’t given the option to leave but, was never given an answer. That night a few of us were given the opportunity to bring our concerns to Miss Lorraine, the woman in charge of the pageant. I went through almost two weeks of sexual harassment before I anything was done about it. I was told he would not be around any more, but I had advised Lorraine of several other issues that were not resolved. Miss Peachy, another employee of the pageant, spoke with me at an event about…
Gyles-Brown añadió que ese día se quejaron a los responsables del concurso pero que estos “solo se rieron” y aseguró que se sintió “explotada, vulnerable, enervada y acosada sexualmente“.
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My personal encounter @missearth. • It’s time to speak up about my personal experience. I have been in close contact with my national director and all incidents have been noted. I have worked very hard for my title of Miss Earth England and as I have previously mentioned I took 4 years to get to the top and win my place at the Internationals. I was elated to finally represent England over in the beautiful Philippines. My trip was a rollercoaster of emotions, stress and endurance and I did not leave the pageant as I was not going to miss out on the experience. I have many beautiful memories of my time here in the Philippines and many wonderful days. I met happy Filipinos who showed me such kindness and respect. I enjoyed 50% of my trip but the other 50% was over shadowed by feeling exploited, vulnerable, unnerved & sexually harassed as I was approached by a sponsor on many occasions who asked for sexual favours in exchange for the Crown. This happened at Manila Yacht Club on a sponsored evening meal away from the team managers behind closed doors. The sponsor also tried to find out what hotel and room I was staying in. Myself and Canada approached Team Manager to express our disgust only to be laughed at. Another official attendee of the night told me not to cry as I would ruin my makeup! There was no respect or compassion shown to myself or Jaimie. I felt traumatised by this experience and had many sleepless nights. I was not sure who had my personal details including my mob number and hotel room. It was not only myself and Canada who were approached on this night but other delegates who I believe are going to come forward and tell their side of the story. I approached Lorraine Schuck who is the Vice President Of Miss Earth she informed me that the sponsor would be removed from all contact with contestants but this did not happen. As other groups experienced the same issue. Myself and @missjaimeyvonne removed ourselves from this uncomfortable environment and sat on the bus away from further exploitation. This is one of many incidents we faced during our Miss Earth Journey! The said sponsor in fact show up at a prelim event and also attended the Coronation night
“Me quedé traumatizada por esta experiencia y pasé muchas noches sin poder dormir”, dijo la británica.
La canadiense, que decidió retirarse del concurso, denunció junto a Gyles-Brown el acoso a la vicepresidenta de la productora que organiza Miss Tierra, Lorraine Schuck, quien aseguró hoy a la televisión GMA que se vetó la presencia de Cruz en los siguientes actos del certamen si bien este acudió a la gala final.
La vietnamita Nguyen Phuong Khanh fue coronada como Miss Tierra 2018 en la gala del sábado en la que también fueron premiadas la austriaca Melanie Mader, como Miss Aire, la colombiana Valeria Ayos, como Miss Agua, y la mexicana Melissa Flores, como Miss Fuego.
Miss Tierra, uno de los cuatro concursos de belleza de más repercusión del mundo, fue creado en 2001 por la empresa filipina Carousel para concienciar sobre la ecología y los efectos del cambio climático.
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