Accounting firm SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV) has owned up to a tabulation mistake that sparked controversy in last week’s coronation night for the Miss Universe Philippines 2023 pageant.
In a statement Wednesday (May 24), SGV and Miss Universe Philippines Inc. said a “technical issue” affected the tabulation of judges’ scores for selecting who will be part of the pageant’s Top 10.
“Upon detection, MUPh and SGV immediately implemented the contingency plan to perform manual validation of the results in observance of the agreed protocols,” they explained.
SGV credited pageant organizer Jonas Gaffud for fixing the situation by allowing 18 delegates to compete in the evening gown competition.
“The judges’ selection of the final winners was independently tabulated by SGV to determine the Top 5 and the final winners. With the foregoing, we were able to uphold and preserve the integrity of the process and the results,” the statement read.
Confusion ensued during the pageant on May 13 after some fan favorites missed the cut for the Top 10. Questions also surfaced because of the long commercial break before the evening gown competition began.
Actor Xian Lim, who hosted the pageant, then said that due to “technical issues” resolved through manual tallying, the top 18 contestants will all compete in the evening gown competition and vie for a spot in the Top 5.
The Miss Universe Philippines 2023 crown was won by Michelle Dee.
The pageant snafu is just the latest of SGV’s woes. The firm also failed to detect PLDT’s massive overspending of P48 billion in a span of four years under Manny V. Pangilinan.