- Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo is hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people will give Steve Harvey a chance to host the Miss Universe pageant in Manila.
- Teo earlier admitted that Duterte expressed hesitations on the likelihood that Harvey would be the host
- She explained that Harvey is in a 5-year contract to be the emcee for the pageant
Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo is counting on the sense of forgiveness of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people to accept Steve Harvey to emcee the Miss Universe pageant in Manila, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.
“Miss Universe Pageant is four months away. That’s more than enough time to assuage President Duterte about his hesitation on Mr. Harvey’s hosting the event. I’ve known him for many years as our Davao City Mayor with a big heart for well-meaning people like Mr. Harvey, who did not hesitate to correct his mistake,” Teo said.
Earlier, Teo admitted that during Thursday’s Meet the Press in Malacañang, Duterte expressed hesitations on the likelihood that Harvey would host the prestigious pageant’s coronation night which will be held on January 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
She, however, explained that Harvey is in a five-year contract to emcee the pageant.
Harvey has long been apologizing for his mistake of announcing Miss Colombia as the winner before he realized that Bb. Pilipinas Universe Pia Wurtzbach was adjudged the 2015 Miss Universe.
Teo said she will talk to the president soon about the matter.
“I will personally speak with the President and may even ask the help of Pia to convince him to give Mr. Harvey the chance he deserves. The reigning Miss Universe, our very own Pia Wurtzbach has the magnanimity to appreciate the way Mr. Harvey stepped up to redeem himself. I’m counting on the same sense of forgiveness and class-act among Filipinos,” the secretary stated.