Malacanang reacts to Catriona Gray’s stand on medical marijuana

Malacanang reacts to Catriona Gray’s stand on medical marijuana

The Philippines has proven again that in the field of beauty pageants we are a “super power.”

The Philippines is waiting to welcome its newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray where he bested more than 90 other beautiful candidates.

Newly-crowned Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray (photo credit to owner)

Gray is the fourth Filipino to win the country’s fourth Miss Universe crown, taking after Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Margie Moran, (1973), and Gloria Diaz (1969).

And it can’t be helped to be controversial when Catriona Gray’s answer to a drug question is now being tied to the current stand of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte with respect to the use of marijuana.

In the famous and nerve wracking question- and- answer portion for the top 5 candidates, she categorically said that she was for marijuana’s medical use.

Steve Harvey asked the question: “Canada recently joined Uruguay as the second nation in the world to make marijuana legal. What is your opinion on the legalization of marijuana?”

Catriona Gray answered: “I’m for being used in medical use but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people were to argue, ‘what about alcohol and cigarettes?’ So, everything is good but in moderation.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo  said its better to ask the newly crowned Ms. Universe herself to explain her answer or if it was influenced by the stand of government as personified by the chief executive.

“Catriona Gray's position on the legalization of marijuana for healing purposes could have been influenced by PRRD's stand on the matter or she could have come up with that conclusion after considering the pros and cons of the issue,” Panelo told mediamen.

“She is the only one who can answer whether or not she was influenced by PRRD. I suggest you ask her after her triumphant return,” he added.

Earlier, Malacanang made use of the moment to reiterate Duterte’s position in legalizing medical marijuana.

He (Duterte) said for purposes of medicine to heal, he's in favor, but not for use other than that," Panelo told mediamen in a press briefing.

"There have been researches. In fact, in some countries, marijuana is legalized. In fact, in some states in the US, it is used there. But it is controlled, regulated. The President is for that," he added.

Malacanang release a statement that the Philippines is proud when she showcased “the qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges.”

“In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work,” Panelo said.

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