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UPDATED: "It's a joke, people," tweets Sen. Miriam Santiago after telling reporters Tuesday, "I'm going to file a protest&q
"Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said she is prepared to contest the fourth place finish of Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup in the recently-concluded Miss Universe 2011 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil," reports GMA News Online.
Published on: Sep 14, 2011 - 7:48am

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(UPDATED 10:26 p.m.) After†GMA News Online,†ABS CBN News, and†Inquirer reports yesterday that†Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said "I'm going to file a protest if possible," in reaction to††Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup's fourth place finish†in yesterday's Miss Universe 2011 pageant,†the Senator today tweeted, "It's a joke, people. I was just expecting her to win."

ABS CBN News reported yesterday, "If she had her way, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago would protest the results of the Ms. Universe 2011 beauty pageant." The Inquirer also reported, "Senator Miriam† Defensor-Santiago was 'very disappointed' that Shamcey Supsup, the countryís† bet in the 2011 Miss Universe, did not get the title to the point that she was planning to file a protest."

According to the†GMA News Online,†ABS CBN News and Inquirer articles, the feisty senator told reporters, "If there's a legal remedy I don't think that it might be taken as lacking in sportsmanship."†ABS CBN News mentioned that she laughed before saying this.

All three†reports also said Santiago clarified she was "not sour-graping," but said, "it may have been partly political in the sense that they may have wanted somebody from Portugal or thereabouts in that region to win because Asians have been winning these beauty contests for a while."

Santiago also told reporters, "Sometimes you can't discount these possibilities. They all deserve to win, except that I'm very disappointed because I thought that our contestant was an ideal candidate that represented the best of the Filipina."

In any case, the other candidates in Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes' entourage are: Miss Ukraine Olesya Stefanko (first runner-up), Miss Brazil Priscila Machado (second runner-up), and Miss China Luo Zilin (fourth runner up).

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online or follow Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Twitter.

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23 Comments
  • liv
    Ang oa naman, it was obviously a joke DUHHHH. People who ask her to shut up simply can't handle her humor. And you demand her to attend to more important issues? Hello people, what has she been doing all her life? Siguro you guys need to attend plenary sessions so you would be able distinguish funny retorts from serious matters (kung maimbita man kayo) hehe peace! She's just playing. And I am too :)
    Nov 27 2011 @ 02:06am     Reply  
  • pink panther
    naniwala naman kayo kay miriam tililing... walang kwentang joke... in fairness corny pala mag joke c ilonggang senadora.
    Sep 19 2011 @ 01:24pm     Reply  
  • lucifer
    Read my lips, it was a joke. What do I know about beauty contest ? I'm just a little senator from a third world country with 101 million population.
    Sep 15 2011 @ 02:14pm     Reply  
  • shooter mcgavin
    parang din ung time na sinabi nya na tatalong cya sa eroplano....hehehehe...Shootah!
    Sep 15 2011 @ 07:06am     Reply  
  • hijinx
    Hahahahahaha go Miriam paglaruan ang press!
    Sep 14 2011 @ 11:17pm     Reply  
  • uma
    Kalurkey si Miriam ha plinaytime ang mga reporter! O nagbago lang ang isip?
    Sep 14 2011 @ 11:03pm     Reply  
  • jhon
    Saw this on GMANews first. Joke pala?
    Sep 14 2011 @ 10:02pm     Reply  
  • irresponsible spot
    this is just a JOKE! goodness! mapalaki lang ang issue eh!
    Sep 14 2011 @ 09:52pm     Reply  
  • inquirer fan
    Er, paano nasali Inquirer sa usapan? Hehehe.
    Sep 14 2011 @ 06:55pm     Reply  
  • chai
    Really, this is sooo irresponsible of Spot. I saw Miriam's interview on tv. She was chuckling and clearly joking. Ano ba naman ang ibang tao dito, parang hindi nanonood ng news eh meron na ngang primetime and midnight. Spot and Inquirer are both employing st*p*d staff for not being able to deduce that it was a joke.
    Sep 14 2011 @ 06:05pm     Reply  
  • jenny
    She's joking, ano ba! Napakawalang sense of humor naman ng mga tao dito.rnrnSee here: http://twitter.com/#!/senmiriam
    Sep 14 2011 @ 05:22pm     Reply  
  • mike
    Do love you Miriam...you do know how to make us all chuckle...'Portugal or thereabouts'...has she looked on a map at where Angola is? And its been Latin Americans not Asians who've aced the contest in the past.rnAnyway go ahead dear Senator...tilt at windmills!
    Sep 14 2011 @ 05:15pm     Reply  
  • kitkat
    I thought she was joking, too. But then I clicked on the GMA News Online article that spot quoted.rnrnCheck this link:rnhttp://www.gmanews.tv/story/232277/nation/senator-miriam-wants-to-contest-shamcey-supsups-4th-place-finishrnrnIt doesn't say Miriam was joking. rnrn rnrn
    Sep 14 2011 @ 03:21pm     Reply  
  • spot
    Spot, I think you should clarify that she said this in a joking manner...
    Sep 14 2011 @ 03:16pm     Reply  
  • deinan espidas
    You Miriam, just shut up.
    Sep 14 2011 @ 03:14pm     Reply  
  • fvr
    There are more injustices in this country that are worthy of strong protests from this feisty Senator. Put all your energy there not in Ms. U.
    Sep 14 2011 @ 11:23am     Reply  
  • negaman
    loser commenters above. sus, sineseryoso nyo yan? it's just a joke.
    Sep 14 2011 @ 11:02am     Reply  
  • atm
    miriam for president!
    Sep 14 2011 @ 10:54am     Reply  
  • cielo
    Coz having the Miss Universe title would bring the country joy, prosperity and unspeakable amount of wealth and peace, right? /sarcasmrnrnit's a beauty pageant for Christ's sake! doesn't she have better things to put her effort into?
    Sep 14 2011 @ 10:44am     Reply  
  • barbie
    pwede ba, miriam, di ka binabayaran ng taongbayan para sayangin ang oras mo sa walang kapararakan at bigyan ng kahihiyan ang bansa. magtrabaho ka na lang ng maayos.
    Sep 14 2011 @ 10:37am     Reply  
  • d
    Exag naman ito. KSP. Marami pang mas importanteng isyu na dapat i-protesta.
    Sep 14 2011 @ 10:01am     Reply  
  • tigbauanboy
    Sige Inday Miriam, suportahan taka! Let's give them hell!
    Sep 14 2011 @ 09:20am     Reply  
  • shooter mcgavin
    Come on...you cant win them all...kung sino man bf ni Shamcey...swerte nun...kumpleto si Shamcey...Beautiful inside and out...Shootah
    Sep 14 2011 @ 09:03am     Reply  
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