Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gutierrez was incorrectly named the winner before Wurtzbach was given the Miss Universe crown. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Miss Universe finally pulling out of PH? UFC too?
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:48 AM October 09, 2016
Is it true that the Miss Universe 2016 pageant will no longer be held in the Philippines?
It was earlier announced by Malacañang and the Department of Tourism that the annual international pageant will take place in the country. But has William Morris Endeavor/IMG, which owns the Miss Universe franchise, cancelled that plan?
WME/IMG reportedly cited political instability, security concerns and the Philippines not paying the hosting fee yet as the reasons for the cancellation.
WME/IMG CEO Ari Emanuel, who is Jewish, was also reportedly offended by President Duterte’s controversial remarks referencing Hitler.
WME/IMG also reportedly cancelled its upcoming UFC event in Manila this month.—Luis Carlo San Juan