President Duterte, Miss Universe judge?

Miss Universe pageant is closely coming, and will our President be a Miss Universe judge?

According to reports, Tourism Undersecretary Kat De Castro said the Miss Universe Organization has a rule that no one from the host country should judge the pageant. But the government is aware that organizers would welcome the president’s participation in the event.

However, it is uncertain if President Duterte will decide to be a Miss Universe judge as they are not yet sure about what will be the final arrangement.

 “Well, I think his, his men are aware that we would like him to be part of you know, to judge it or just even to watch it. But he has not yet given us a concrete answer altogether,” she said.

Reported further, De Casto said the president agreed to the Philippine hosting of the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in 2017 as long as the pageant does not inconvenience the public or cause the hiding of eyesores.

She also added that the President did not like what happened during the visits of US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, and the Philippine hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit where street dwellers were picked up by authorities and taken to resorts to keep them from being public eyesores.

Recalling also that Duterte asked that the swimsuit portions of the pageant be done in Cebu instead of Davao where the wearing of swimsuit is banned.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police has said that no streets will be closed for the pageant. De Castro said that pageant activities will be confined to the Mall of Asia Arena to minimize traffic.

For anyone wondering about the safety of the public, Interior Undersecretary Emily Padilla assured the public there is no specific security threat to the pageant. Adding that the PNP has held a command conference to map out the security plans for all provinces. She said strict and elaborate security measures are in place to prevent lawless elements from taking advantage of the event.

On the other hand, Tourism Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre, said one challenge is securing the candidates while still giving access to the public who may want to take have pictures taken with them.

In a separate news, candidates of the Miss Universe pageant is starting to arrive in the Philippines being the host country. This is the 3rd time the country will host the Miss Universe. The first two happened in 1974 and 1994.

Hosting the prestigious event in the country and if the President will decide to be a Miss Universe judge will certainly both bring pride to the country.

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