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Is there Danger in Holding Miss Universe 2016 Pageant in the Philippines?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

If Latinas are protesting against Donald Trump by not joining the Miss Universe pageant in 2016, there are also protests in the Philippines. Actually not so much on the terrorism threats. It has more to do with the alleged objectionable, scandalous, and demeaning sexist attitude demonstrated by the newly elected leaders of our country

[VIDEO]: Here are terrorism threats that would jeopardize the Miss Universe pageant should the scheduled event pushes through – but it seems not the case.

Tourism Secretary’s View

“We have a President that comes from Mindanao and our Miss Universe is from Mindanao so I think this is the best time for us to do the Miss Universe here in the Philippines,” Tourism secretary, Wanda Teo said.

Pia’s Courtesy Call

Last July 18, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call on Duterte to convince him to agree to the DoT’s plan to hold the pageant in the country. Duterte was previously quoted in a report saying he will not spend money to host Miss Universe. “I will not spend for it,” he was quoted saying.

Proposals to other Countries

DoT Media Director Ina Zara said the President of the Miss Universe Organization Paula Shugart proposed the hosting of the pageant to other countries as well, but the Philippines has been the top choice from the start — and Pia Wurtzbach was one of the reasons for that.

Protests are not Terrorism Related

Initially, organizers have been worried about the effects of terrorism in the country to the upcoming Miss Universe 2016 Pageant. However, this can be secured by choosing a secluded island that would limit the traffic of people. There are protests going on. But it has something to do with the President’s wrong interpretation on his attitudes towards women.

Protests from Women Leaders

A new letter signed by women leaders and concerned citizens has been sent to the leadership of the Miss Universe Organization, urging them not to hold the upcoming international pageant’s coronation night in the Philippines.

Signatories of the Protest

Among the more than 50 signatories in the growing list are businesswoman, and civic leader Loida Nicolas Lewis; professor and Rappler columnist Sylvia Claudio; and former Ayala Foundation president Vicky Garchitorena. The letter summarizes many of the objectionable comments from both the President and government officials that have made news in recent months.

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