DFA: Miss Grand International bet Samantha Lo has no passport record in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18)— Samantha Ashley Lo, the country’s representative to this year’s Miss Grand International Pageant, was unable to head to Venezuela due to passport issues, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Friday.

In a statement, the DFA said the 26-year-old Cebuana has no existing record in the passport database of the department.

“Based on an ongoing investigation, the DFA confirms that Ms. Lo has no record in the DFA passport database and is continuing the process of ascertaining the facts of the case,” the department said in its message.

Lo, the country’s fourth delegate to the annual beauty contest, is considered among the front-runners in the competition—based on forecasts regularly made by pageant fans and observers.

But days after her flight to the South American country, her whereabouts remain unclear. Concerns among Filipino pageants fans increased when pre-coronation events of the pageant began and Lo was nowhere to be found.

READ: Finding Sam Lo: Where is PH’s bet to Miss Grand International 2019?

Lo, as well as the Binibining Pilipinas Organization—which holds the local franchise rights of Miss Grand International—have yet to release a statement on the issue.