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Petition by Liberal Party to Miss Universe Organizers to Disgrace President Duterte

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Because of failed assassination and prosecution of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Liberal Party of women members have adapted a new way to put the country, its president and the Filipino people into a disgraceful situation. They sent off a petition to the organizers of Miss Universe Pageant asking for a reconsideration that the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant should not be held in Philippines.

The petitioners include prominent Liberal Party figures, such as Miss International 1970 title holder Aurora Pijuan, former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales, former presidential peace adviser Ging Deles, Black and White Movement convenor Leah Navarro, and prominent Fil-Am community leader Loida Nicholas Lewis.

The petition was sent as Duterte government pursues its controversial war on drugs, including stopping the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison. The president has alleged that the drug trade in the national penitentiary was tolerated by former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and used to finance her senatorial campaign.

The letter says, “We appeal to you as organizers of the Miss Universe Pageant to reconsider your decision to hold the 2017 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.

“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. It would make your organization a partner to these backward and dangerous steps which are serious violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

“Do not hold Miss Universe in the Philippines. Be a partner for the liberation and not the subjugation of women. Take your pageant elsewhere and do not reward a regime that is trying to turn back the clock as far as women’s causes are concerned.”

Pati ba naman itong 2017 Miss Universe Pageant ay papasukin at gagamitin ng mga alipores ng Liberal Party para ipahiya ang pangulo sa International Communities, ang bansa at mga Filipino sa malaking kasinungalingan!

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