Questions for the crucial question and answer portion of the Binibining Pilipinas were allegedly leaked before the event started.
Two questions assigned to Nadine Lustre, who was among the panel judges, were shown in one of her photos.
Twitter user Zeke Martin shared a photo of Lustre where the questions were accidentally disclosed and juxtaposed it to a close-up version.
if ever a binibini will be asked the 2nd question from nadine and answer it greatly, she would probably be the next Miss Universe Philippines.
— Zeke Martin (@zekemartinx) June 9, 2019
This photo was first shared by ABS-CBN on Twitter and attributed it to Krishnan Ganiel, one of the network’s correspondents for the event. The tweet had since been deleted.
The same photo was uploaded on Viva Artists Agency’s official Instagram account.
The questions, however, could not be seen here.
Martin theorized that the candidate who would answer one of the questions could have some advantage in having prepared it beforehand.
“If ever a binibini will be asked the 2nd question from Nadine and answer it greatly, she would probably be the next Miss Universe Philippines,” Martin said in the caption.
The two questions seen in the photo were:
- What advice can you give to a 16-year-old for her to become more socially aware and become an empowered young lady?
- How do you react to rape jokes?
Despite the minor mishap, Lustre still asked the following questions during the coronation night of the local pageant held at the Araneta Coliseum on June 9.
The first question was given to Maria Andrea Abesamis of Pasig. Abesamis’ answer was:
“My advice to a 16-year-old girl is [for her] to read more and also understand life because in the future if you don’t read more or understand life you wouldn’t know what’s really happening and that would be a hard thing for you. And that’s it, thank you.”
Meanwhile, the second went to Samantha Mae Bernardo of Palawan. Bernardo’s answer was:
“It’s so sad that a lot of people are bringing jokes about rape. It is not normal for us Filipinos. We should all stand up as women to use our voice against sexual harassment. And I think it is nice that our government is doing something with safe spaces and the bill that they pass so that women around the world, especially in the Philippines, can have a safe environment for all of us. Thank you.”
Neither Abesamis nor Bernardo won the coveted title crown.
The new Binibining Pilipinas 2019 titleholder is Gazini Ganados of Cebu. Ganados will represent the Philippines in the prestigious Miss Universe competition later this year.
Miss Universe 2018 also made her final speech as she passed the crown to Ganados.