Isang positibong mensahe ang ibinigay ni Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach sa kabila ng mga panawagang huwag ituloy ang Miss Universe sa bansa.
“Akong bahala guys. Kalma lang,” sabi ni Pia sa kanyang Twitter account noong Lunes, October 10.
Dagdag pa niya tungkol sa paghu-host ng Miss Universe sa bansa, “Ipaglalaban ko 'yan. I want the competition in my home country!”
Akong bahala guys. ???? Kalma lang. Ipaglalaban ko yan. I want the competition in my home country! ??????????????— Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@PiaWurtzbach) October 10, 2016
Kamakailan, isang liham ang ipinadala ng women's rights advocates sa Miss Universe Organization Committee upang hilingin na i-reconsider ang desisyong ganapin ang Miss Universe sa bansa sa 2017.
Ibinahagi ito ni Facebook user Annie Serrano sa kanyang account noong October 10.
Isa sa mga dahilan na nabanggit sa liham ay ang mga naging gawi umano ng bagong halal na pangulong si Rodrigo Duterte nitong mga nakaraang araw.
“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.”
Nakasaad din sa liham, “To hold the Miss Universe Pageant in the Philippines at this time would serve as a reward of this intolerable behavior and excuse such behavior.
“It would reinforce a troubling trend in our society.”
MISS U WILL BOOST TOURISM. Para naman kay Miss Universe 1999 1st runner-up Miriam Quiambao, mainam pa rin kung dito sa bansa gawin ang prestihiyosong beauty pageant.
Ayon sa ulat ng GMA News, aminado si Miriam na dismayado siya sa “certain leader” ng bansa ngayon.
Subalit aniya, “I think holding Miss Universe nonetheless in the Philippines will do a lot more good for this country because it will bring in a lot of tourism. We can also use it as a campaign for empowerment of women.”
Sa halip na maging negatibo tungkol dito, sabi ni Miriam, “Naiintindihan ko ang side nila, but instead of trying to stop this, why don't we just focus on what we want?
“A lot of success speakers and advocates say that — focus on what you want.
“So what it is that we really want? We want women to be held in high respect, to be empowered, to be educated.
“Why don't we focus on that instead? The more we focus on what we want, the more likely that we will achieve it.”
Diin pa niya, “It is actually an opportunity and a platform for them to engage the audience and get them involved in their own personal advocacies.”
Samantala, tinuyak naman ni Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo na magaganap dito sa bansa ang Miss Universe pageant sa 2017.
Aniya, “I'd like to assure you that Miss Universe will be here, the contest will be here on January 30.”
Kung matutuloy, inaasahang mag-uumpisang dumating ang mga kandidata mula sa iba't ibang panig ng mundo sa Enero 13, 2017.
Kabilang sa mga lugar na planong puntahan ng mga kandidata ay ang Intramuros, Batangas, Palawan, Legazpi, Cebu, at Davao.
Ang coronation night ay gaganapin sa SM Mall of Asia Arena sa Pasay City.