After finishing as first runner-up in the
recently concluded Miss Grand International pageant in the US, Nicole Cordoves
finally faced the press about her controversial answer.
During the top five question-and-answer
portion, Nicole was asked to choose between then leading presidential
candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Nicole was booed when she chose Donald over
Hillary as the supposed person who could help end war and violence.
Several quarters in the US have launched an
all-out protest after Trump’s win.
During her comeback press conference at
Novotel on Thursday, Nicole clarified that she does not support Donald.
“If you’re going to look at the bigger
context of the question thrown at me it’s more of looking at it at the context
of solving war and violence,” she explained.
Nicole maintained that her answer remains
the same even if Trump has bagged the most powerful seat in the world and
despite the protests against him.
“It’s still the same, fighting war and
stopping violence still. But you know with Trump, we try to be optimistic,” she
“You know that America is now divided
between Clinton and Trump so we shouldn’t let that tear us apart. Sana hindi
siya mag-resulta into more war,” Nicole continued.
Meanwhile, Nicole also commented about the
US president-elect’s comment that listed the Philippines among the supposed
To this, Nicole said, “Well we always have
this terrorist threat but I think the more question is how do we resolve it
right now. What are the platforms we use for discussion. Like is it ASEAN, like
in the international stage. I think we should discuss it more.”
Does she have any message to the new US
Donald Trump, please, please hire me as your speechwriter. I make good speeches
and I will make people like you more,” she said with a smile.
After her win, Nicole unabashedly admitted
that she wants to venture into the media industry as a news correspondent.