While most Filipinos are excited for the Philippines in hosting the 65th Miss Universe pageant, Gabriela Women’s Party is not happy about it. They released this statement via their official Facebook page.
According to Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas “This is yet another attempt to package the Philippines as a lurid tourist destination for cheap, easily exploitable women. Gabriela Women’s Party and the Gabriela National Alliance of Women denounced the hosting here of the Miss Universe pageant in January as 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. Sex tourism with human trafficking and prostitution is one of the deplorable downstream trades that afflicts poor countries that host international events such as major beauty pageants. Women will continue to protest deceptive pageants and push forward the real agenda of peace and justice. Women demand the government to focus on the intensifying problems of joblessness, rising prices of fuel and electricity, and rampant killings perpetrated by Oplans Bayanihan and Tokhang on our people.”
Personally, I totally respect their views and opinions about this, but why now?. I mean we hosted Miss Earth many times already and we held Bb Pilipinas and other local beauty pageants here in the Philippines every year but why are they protesting only now?.