Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, Smartmatic's ambassador, tells Noynoy: "I'd love to meet you."
Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza, the 2008 Miss Universe and now Smartmatic's Ambassador for Transparency, arrived in the country on Monday, June 14, for her two-day tour of the country, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.
Smartmatic, which provided more than 76,000 vote-counting machines for the country's national elections this year, has headquarters in Venezuela. They tapped Mendoza to help in "its advocacy for transparency in the electoral process."
However, ABS-CBNNews.com noted that Smartmatic brought in Mendoza to smooth ruffled feathers. They pointed out: "Various groups, however, had alleged that the compact flash cards used in the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were pre-loaded with votes to favor certain local and national candidates."
Smartmatic President for Asia-Pacific Cesar Flores said Mendoza is set to meet with Gloria Diaz (1969 Miss Universe) and Margie Moran (1973 Miss Universe) to "collaborate with some organizations that the two [Filipino] beauty queens promote in the Philippines."
Most of all, Mendoza is also supposed to meet President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino. She told ABS-CBN: "I'm trying to get President-elect Aquino to have an appointment with me. Maybe, we can have lunch or coffee. I would love to meet him." Then, addressing him, she stated, "Please just take a little bit of your time. I know you're super busy to say 'hi' to me. Now that I'm in the Philippines. I'd love to meet you."
Mendoza stated that she flew here to personally congratulate Filipinos for their successful conduct of the first nationwide automated elections last month. "I'm very excited to be here. I want to congratulate you guys for the election. I think it was amazing. Also, I'm here to support Smartmatic's [advocacy for] transparency."