From beauty queen to politician? Drilon says Pia Wurtzbach wants to join politics
Yay or nay?
(SPOT.ph) Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach wants to shift careers from being a beauty queen to a politician, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon. He revealed this in a press conference on Monday, January 25, after the beauty queen paid a courtesy call on the Senate, SunStar reported.
“She intimated to me that she wants to join politics. Given her politically conscious responses to the questions [that were being asked of her], I’m not surprised,” he said. Drilon, who just met with the 26-year-old beauty queen, added that he now has deeper respect for Wurtzbach after learning of her intentions to join the country’s volatile political arena. “It’s very admirable for her to have stated that. Given the political divide that we see in our country today, for her to express her interest in politics is something admirable for a young woman,” he said.
But Drilon said he dissuaded Wurtzbach from immediately diving into regular politics where officials are chosen via elections, citing how her advocacies would benefit more in an appointive position. “I advised her to first try her hand in some appointive position where she can push her advocacy rather than join politics on election. So that’s why I advised to her to seek an appointive position in areas where she can push her advocacy,” he said.
Wurtzbach came home to the Philippines on January 23 for the first time after winning the crown. She has multiple advocacies including HIV/AIDS awareness and anti-cyberbullying. She will be flying back to the U.S. and will mostly be staying at the Miss Universe headquarters in New York City to accomplish her duties as the pageant’s reigning queen.
Photos from senate.gov.ph (Franklin Drilon) ; and Jadrienne Ho (Pia Wurtzbach)