It’s final! The Philippines will host the Miss Universe beauty pageant on January 2017 despite facing stiff opposition from Duterte critics.
The critics of Duterte tried to stir some noise using the Miss Universe hosting as a launching pad to embarrass the President in the world stage.
A netizen identified as Annie Serrano wrote an open letter on Facebook on October 10, petitioning the organizers to cancel the hosting of Miss Universe in the Philippines.
In the Facebook post, Ms. Annie Serrano made her case by citing fundamental reason of their objection to the hosting of the Miss Universe in the Philippines.
We appeal to you as organizers of the Miss Universe Pageant to reconsider your decision to hold the 2016 pageant in Manila.
We understand that you already have concerns over issues of political instability and security, and with the Philippines not yet paying the hosting fee for the event. We, however, believe there is a more fundamental reason why you should not hold the event in the Philippines.
This reason is the objectionable, scandalous, and demeaning sexist attitude demonstrated by the newly elected leaders of our country, by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte, and his cohorts towards womankind. Filipino society has always granted a great amount of freedom and respect to women, but at the same time, the gains of womankind in the Philippines have been hard won. True gender equality in terms not only of the law but how laws are applied, and in terms of the attitudes of men towards women, still has a long way to go.
In recent months, chauvinism, brutal shaming, rape jokes and a sweeping disregard for women as persons deserving not merely of a token but true respect has been exhibited by the President of the Philippines with his salacious and sexist comments and treatment of female reporters and opposition figures, which has carried over to his allies in the Philippine Congress. Check out the full text of the post here.
But, as per posting of Fashion Pulis, the Duterte critics failed in its objective to block the Manila edition of the Miss Universe and embarrass the Duterte administration.
The candidates from all over the world descend in Manila on January 13th.
The coronation night is on January 30, Manila time.
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