- Miss Earth Philippines 2016 Imelda Bautista Schweighart had been propelled to fame after drawing flak from netizens for her Duterte-Hitler slur
- She had laughed off when a listener had called her "crazy" during a live phone interview by saying that her tendency to laugh at the strangest moments makes her comparable to the notable Albert Einstein
- She admitted to feeling hurt by the comments directed at her, but refused to balk at the challenge
"Si Einstein po ay napagkakamalang baliw," says Miss Earth Philippines 2016 Imelda Bautista Schweighart, when a listener called her crazy for her controversial Duterte-Hitler remark.
According to Schweighart, she has the tendencies to laugh at the most inopportune moments and proceeded to draw parallels with herself and Albert Einstein, one of the most influential minds in the field of science.
"Karamihan ng mga intelligent people ay pinagkakamalang baliw, at may pagkabaliw," says Schweighart in an interview.
On her "soft-joke" about Duterte, Schweighart had admitted that she did not expect for the remark to careen into a damaging controversy, saying, "Hindi ko po ine-expect pero aware naman po talaga ako noon pa."
She has since apologized for the slur, but admitted that she refuse to feel affected.
"Natatawa po ako na nasaktan siyempre pero parang nonsense naman po for me iyung nangyari," Schweighart quipped.
"Masyado lang overreacting and sabi ko, hindi ako puwedeng maapektuhan kasi nga lumalaban pa ako eh," she added.
The Philippines' bet for the 2016 Miss Earth competition has made headlines after her comments about President Rodrigo Duterte "doing Hitler stuff in the Philippines" drew flak from netizens.
In an Instagram post, Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong has spoken up about the issue and tagged the remark "insensitive and somehow immature".
The reigning Miss Earth 2015 also decry the implied remarks that the Philippines "don't care about sending well-rounded girls to pageants, just as long as they're 'just' pretty". She lamented the slander to the image of Miss Earth, saying that "the representatives train so hard to represent" the country in these pageants.