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).
In a prepared statement read during a press conference, Brosas said the hosting was a “manipulative and deceptive tool that projects an image of peace and stability to cover up the creeping influence of fascist repression of poor women’s rising protests.”
GABRIELA is a network of grassroots organizations that advocates for women’s issues.
At the same time, Brosas called for the banning of all city and town fiestas across the country where beauty pageants are held as part of the festivities. She also asked the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to condemn the holding of the annual ‘Santacruzan’ a religious festival which features women depicting biblical characters, including “Reynas.”
She also asked the Movie and Television Ratings and Classification Board (MTRCB) to pull two movies that recently screened at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) because they showed beauty pageants: “Die Beautiful” and “Sunday Beauty Queen.” Both films garnered awards at the MMFF.