Pia Wurtzbach had this awkward encounter with Ricky Lee
Members of the security personnel of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach were criticized when a video went viral showing that they blocked National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts Ricky Lee who wanted to get near her.
The incident happened during the Manila International Book Fair at SMX Convention Center, in Pasay City last September 14. Pia launched her first book Queen of the Universe.
In a video shared by ABS-CBN reporter MJ Felipe showing Pia walking at the venue with marshals around her, it can be heard that there was someone who said, “Sir Ricky (Lee).”
It can be heard that even MJ acknowledged the presence of the National Artist. Pia and Ricky shook hands and the beauty queen thanked the famous writer. However, it can be seen that a marshal apparently tried to block Ricky.
With this, netizens expressed negative reactions because for them it was a show of disrespect. Based on the article in PEP, Ricky Lee spoke about this issue. He said that the guard could have been more gracious. The writer also said that he will not think for himself but for other people.
“Hindi kinakailangan na senior or hindi kinakailangang National Artist. Pero kung may taong nilapitan din ni Pia, kinamayan pa ni Pia, respetuhin niya [guard] yung tao at si Pia, kasi kilala ni Pia,” he said.
Ricky also stressed that the guard did not need to shove him away because Pia reached for his hand. He added that it was a show of disrespect not just to him but also to Pia. “Hindi in-acknowledge ng guard na in-acknowledge ako ni Pia,” he said.
The writer said that the guard was a bit rude and he stressed because he is a senior citizen, without even stressing that he is a National Artist. He also stressed that whoever Pia Wurtzbach acknowledged and approached should be respected.