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Michele Gumabao speaks up


Michele Gumabao is speaking up her side of the story regarding the recently concluded Miss Universe Philippines pageant. And there's no better perspective to hear this but from Michele herself. She posted a video on her YouTube channel and as stated in the description of the video:


"I heard things I never should have heard, witnessed things I never should have witnessed as a candidate. I’ve been so used to empowering others and speaking up for others but at a time when I want to fight and speak up for myself I am not allowed. This is the first time in my life I feel so powerless. People have been asking me why I left, before leaving I expressed my feelings and told my reasons to the organization and they understood. I congratulated our winner and After that I thought I could go home to my family, have some time to rest and be by myself and everything would be okay. When everyone online started making stories, thinking they know me, thinking they know what really happened, what saddens me the most is that those who knew the reason why I left, could have spoken up about it. I am speaking up now and defending myself because I know no one will. This is my statement, this is my story, this is my message for all of you."


Watch the full video here.

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