Imelda Schweighart has referred to herself as “an extremist” and a supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte.During a recorded conversation with Miss Earth Austria contestant Kimberly Budinsky, Schweighart said that Duterte was “doing Hitler stuff in the Philippines”.She later amended this statement, suggesting that Duterte is “Hitler-like but for the good”
She then accused Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espín as having fake breasts, chin, and nose, and claimed that Miss Earth has lost its credibility by crowning a winner who has undergone cosmetic surgery. The incident was caught on video and was spread on social media which angered the netizens for her misbehavior.
Schweighart voluntarily resigned as Miss Philippines Earth two days after the Miss Earth 2016 pageant, as a response to the controversies surrounding her stint as titleholder, upon meeting Carousel Productions (which holds the Miss Earth pageant) Vice President Lorraine Schuck.
and Miss Philippines Earth-Air 2016 Kiara Giel Gregorio assumed the responsibilities Imelda has left.
The New of Miss Earth Philippines 2016 – Kiara Giel Gregorio