January 12, 2017 (Thursday)—Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday announced that more personnel of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) have been deployed in Metro Manila to ensure the safety of arriving Miss Universe 2016 candidates.
At least ninety candidates for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant will be arriving in the country to participate in the beauty pageant that will be held in the country on January 30, 2017.
The last time that the country hosted the Miss Universe Beauty pageant was way back in 1994 with Sushmita Sen of India being crowned as the winner of that year’s Miss Universe beauty Pageant.
Senior Supt. Emmanuel Licup, staff for operations of the Security Task Force for Miss Universe 2016, earlier disclosed that around 1,300 police personnel will be deployed in Metro Manila, even though they have not encountered “direct threats” against the yearly beauty pageant.
Chief Supt. Antonio N. Gardiola Jr. in a statement released on Thursday said that various threat from local and international groups might take actions that could disrupt the activities for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.
“Various threat groups both local and international may take actions that can cause disorder[,] which may disrupt the activities and endanger the lives of the participants to the detriment of national interest.” Gardiola said in the statement.
Gardiola said that HPG personnel will be deployed in Metro Manila as well in areas where pre-pageant activities for Miss Universe will be held.
The HPG Director said in the statement that the areas where pre-pageant activities will be held, includes Vigan, Baguio, Batangas, Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, and Davao.
The Security Task Force for the Miss Universe is now in the “Operations Stage” and will be on alert until pageant night, January 30. Their duty extends to the “Post Operation Stage,” scheduled to last three days after the event.