Dethroned Mutya ng Pilipinas 1997 winner to get ₱1.1 million in damages from pageant organizers and first runner-up
Is this better than a beauty title?
Jeanette Andrade of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that a Quezon City court has awarded P1.1 million in damages to 1997 Mutya ng Pilipinas winner Esabella Cabrera after the judge ruled that she was unfairly stripped of her title 16 years ago.
The report explained that Assisting Judge Ma. Rita Sarabia of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court's Branch 221 ruled in her 14-page decision that "Cabrera was dethroned without due process" by the organizers of Mutya ng Pilipinas, who demanded her resignation after "accusing her of being pregnant and alleging that she would soon be getting married."
The individuals ordered by the court to pay Cabrera are: "Miss Asia Pacific Quest Inc , organizer of the pageant, and its former president Leandro Enriquez; Carousel Productions Inc and its former president Ramon Monzon; Lorraine Schuck as well as 1997 Mutya ng Pilipinas first runner-up Sheryll Moraga." The court included Moraga as among those liable for Cabrera’s suffering since she became the recipient of the prizes intended for the ousted beauty queen.
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