Bea Rose’s father belies accusations, asks daughter to apologize

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Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago is now in controversy with her father coming out to belie her allegations that he abandoned their family.


Paul Valencia Santiago, a councilor of Mandaon, Masbate, said via Facebook that her allegations about the matter made on “Buzz Ng Bayan” last Jan. 5, are false and malicious.

“To set the records straight, I never abandoned my children,” he posted, describing her daughter’s allegations as “cheap gimmick.”

Though he admitted being estranged for sometime with his children, it was only allegedly due to his ex-wife, Ophelia Monterde, whom he accused of “brainwashing” his children into believing that he left them.

He also belied that he had asked forgiveness from his first-born when she came home to pursue a career as beauty queen, even as he insisted that he has good relations with her if only until he denied her P300,000 purportedly to spend for “facial enhancements” as part of her career efforts.

“I told her I could not produce such a big amount as I was then running for councilor and I needed to have funds to support my campaign… (but) from then on, she turned cold,” he related.

Santiago expressed disappointment over her daughter whom he said has “metamorphosed into a Frankenstein.”

“I regret to say that in falsely depicting about her family history through live TV coverage, Bea remains insatiable… she is no better than Salome who rendered an obscene dance before Herod in exchange for the head of John the Baptist.”

Santiago made clear that he “never wanted to wash our family’s dirty linens in public.”

“But you, Bea, pushed me to the wall,” he said.

“I am a public official in our town and it affects my credibility… Also I am concerned about how the web of lies you spread on the media will affect my family members.

“It pains them to hear Bea concocting a tale in which I am being put in bad light to suit her thirst for fame and perhaps to sell a story to ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya.’

In the end, he warned of availing “judicial remedies” if his daughter doesn’t desist in spreading “irresponsible and scurrilous statements.”

“Before resorting thereto, I want Bea to retract her malicious statements and make a public apology…

“I do not wish to be acknowledged, I just want myself and family to be left alone… we do not wish to be used in her publicity stunts.”

He then challenged: “If you Bea want to deny the veracity of all the points I raised in my statements despite the replete evidence I have in my possession, I challenge you to do so UNDER OATH. If not, you owe me, the public, as well as the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. a sincere apology…”

The beauty queen is yet to issue a statement on the matter as of this writing. Manila Bulletin

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