MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to attend the finals of the Miss Universe Pageant to be held at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena on January 29 (January 30 Philippine time). He will be taking a back seat. Literally.
Duterte spokesperson Martin Andanar told The Adobo Chronicles that Duterte will be seated at the very back row of the 20,000-seat capacity auditorium, specifically in Section 316, upper level.
Further, Andanar said that in keeping with his promise that not a single centavo of government money will be used to fund the pageant, the president is paying for his own general admission ticket which costs P8,000 (approximately $160). VIP tickets cost about P50,000 ($1,000).
It is not unusual for Duterte to take a back seat. He is known to take rear economy seats on commercial flights to and from his hometown of Davao City.