Samantha, who originally left for the country on October 9, left fans puzzled when she didn’t show up in any of the pre-pageant activities. A statement sent by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to ABS-CBN News confirmed that Samantha didn’t have any records in the DFA passport database.
Finally, she has broken her silence after successfully arriving in Caracas, Venezuela where the competition will be held. She explained what happened in a lengthy Instagram post which said: "I know people have been waiting to hear from me but this past week has been such a rollercoaster of stress and uncertainty that I felt it was unnecessary to involve the public.
I chose to break my silence until I arrived in Venezuela because I wanted to make sure I got here safely. Despite what happened last week and the trauma that came with it, I have moved forward and pursued this journey knowing that I did not intentionally commit any of the acts that have been unfairly attributed to me. But yes, my local organizer, who handled my travel preparations, failed to equip me with the proper transit visa that may have enabled me to complete my earlier trip to this host country.
Moreso, it wasn’t them who got me out of detention and put me safely on that plane to come back home. It was my family and other well-meaning Filipinos who did - and they are still not resting until this is over."
She also promised to bring home the crown and thanked the pageant organizers for welcoming her despite what happened. Her statement continued: "And when this is all over, I hope to bring home the crown and glory to the Philippines and our people. It is not easy for me to do this - I still struggle with the fear and the trauma of recent days - but I know there is a bigger picture here and I will not let such fear silence me or deter me from the grand task ahead."
Samantha made it clear that she is finally and officially on-board the competition by posting a photo of her in evening wear wearing the Philippine sash. She captioned it briefly with: "And it’s official."
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