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.
(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 country's 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).