Former Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson said the franchise is already with him but is yet to be announced by the Miss Universe Organization.
“The franchise is already with me, but it has not yet been announced.”
This was former Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson revelation in an interview with Philippine Star columnist Wilson Lee, amid speculations that he already acquired the Philippine franchise of the Miss Universe pageant.
Chavit said that his acquisition of the beauty pageant would be announced this January or February, once Catriona Gray comes back to the Philippines for her homecoming. “’Binibining Pilipinas Universe’ will be replaced with ‘Miss Universe Philippines.’ Noon pa binibigay sa akin ‘yan, because I’ve been helping them since 2016,” he shared.
He further disclosed that he already gave the initial payment to the Miss Universe organization. “Instead of talking to many companies before, they just talked to me and I then gave them a non-refundable deposit of $1 million. Who would disagree to that, non-refundable? I gained their trust. Before the signing in 2016, they even first asked me to pay $12 million,” he said.
Chavit's statement is in contrary to the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) claims earlier this month that the franchise is still with them. “It’s still with us. If some people are saying something else, let them talk about it," Stella Marquez-Araneta said in a previous interview.
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