MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Arnell Ignacio. Jimmy Bondoc. Freddie Aguilar. Celebrities all. And they’re all appointees or potential appointees to top administration posts under President Rod Duterte.
Now, yet another celebrity has been appointed to join the president’s cabinet — none other than reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
Duterte announced Wurtzbach’s appointment shortly after the Filipina beauty took a selfie with the president during a visit to Malacañang, the presidential palace in Manila.
Wurtzbach will assume the position of secretary of the newly-created Department of Pageant Affairs (DPA). She will be responsible for coordinating the hundreds, if not thousands of national and local beauty pageants held each year throughout the country, including the major contests that determine the country’s representatives to international pageants like Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International.
Because of her existing contract with the Miss Universe Organization, Wurtzbach will assume her new cabinet position after she hands the crown to her successor later this year.
Duterte and Wurtzbach also discussed the Philippines’ bid to host the next Miss Universe Pageant in Manila.