According to Bb. Pilipinas PR Manager Jenny Inocencio-Marcial, there were inconsistencies in Venus Raj‘s birth certificate.
“Both Venus and her mother said she was born in Doha, Qatar, while yung na-submit nilang legal documents say she was born in the Philippines,” said Marcial.
The half-Indian half-Pinoy beauty was supposed to represent the Philippines in this year’s Miss Universe pageant in which she’s already one of the early favorites to win the crown. But due to the irregularities in her residency papers, Raj has been stripped off the title.
The Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. released a statement regarding this matter:
“Today March 29, 2010, Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. decided, with a heavy heart, to let Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2010 Maria Venus Raj go, after the organization discovered inconsistencies contained in her birth records, in contrast to her personal account of her birth.”
According to the rules of Bb. Pilipinas, when one titleholder gets dethroned the first runner-up will replace her. But the 1st runner-up, Dianne Necio, is only 17 years old. The Miss Universe pageant’s age limit is 18 to 26 years old. In this line that the second runner-up winner, Helen Henson, will then fill the vacated position.
A similar incident happened last 1999 when Bb. Pilipinas-Universe winner Janelle Bautista was dethroned due to irregularities in her residency papers. Miriam Quiambao was asked to replaced her. Mirriam went on to become the 1st runner-up in Miss Universe that year.