Miss World Philippines Organization National Director Arnold Vegafria issued his statement after Maureen Montagne turned down the Miss Eco International title:
“As Miss World Philippines National Director, I am greatly saddened to hear that Miss Eco International 2019 1st Runner-Up Maureen Montagne declined her privilege as the rightful successor of recently dethroned Miss Eco International 2019 Suheyn Cipriani from Peru.
Being the next in line, she was automatically qualified to wear the prestigious crown which would have brought glory to our country, would have given her the rare opportunity to become United Nations Ambassador for Ecotourism, and possibly would’ve made pageant history with the country’s back-to- back wins for Miss Eco International 2018-2019.
What disappointed me even more was that she chose to join another local pageant instead–without even according proper courtesy to the Miss World Philippines and Miss Eco International organizations. This is a clear violation of the prestigious international pageant’s rules and regulations since her tenure has not yet formally ended.
Based on my dialogue with Miss Eco International founder Dr. Amaal Rezk, Maureen could’ve still accepted the crown and waited until September when she can formally relinquish her title–but she refused. Her conduct unbecoming of pageant queen is a clear deterrent to her loftier aspirations for yet another crown.
Despite all these, I still send her my blessings and wish her luck in all her future endeavors.
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