The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) through its Director Madam Stella Araneta said in a statement that they will give back the Bb. Pilipinas Universe crown to Maria Venus Raj if only the latter could produce a valid Philippine passport in a month and a half time.
Here's the full statement sent by Ms. Araneta to veteran columnist Ricky Lo:
The executive committee of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) announced today that after due deliberation we have re-assessed the situation pertaining to Ms. Maria Venus Raj and have decided, for humanitarian reasons, that if she's able to obtain a valid Philippine passport, we will reinstate her as the reigning Bb. Pilipinas Universe.
The committee emphasized that "We are sensitive to her situation but we are aware to our responsibilities as an entity existing under Philippine law."
The BPCI being an organization concerned not just to the quest for the true Filipina beauty but moreso dedicated to the empowerment of women and the upliftment of the lives of marginalized Filipinos has always considered will fair of our candidates far amount.
Our intention with respect to Ms. Raj was always to protect her in a way we feel appropriate. More than the yearly Bb. Pilipinas pageant, BPCI's relevance as an organization lies in the main opportunity to provide a deserving Filipinas and we are hopeful that Venus will be that Filipinas to represent our country to this year's Ms. Universe Pageant.
[Signed] Stella Marquez-Araneta"
Thankful naman si Venus sa naging decision ng BPCI. Pero she still wanted to personally talk with the BPCI committee para ma-clear kung ano ang mga conditions para maibalik sa kanya finally (at di na mabaiw ulit) ang kanyang korona.
Matatandaang binawi ang korona kay Maria Venus Raj last March 30 dahil sa issue ng kanyang nationality (read related story HERE).