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President proud of Kylie’s victory

President Duterte congratulated Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa for winning the 2016 Miss International crown and said he would like to meet the beauty queen.

“I’d like to congratulate the Miss International. Mabuhay ka,” the Chief Executive said in a press conference Thursday upon arrival in Davao City from a three-day state visit to Japan, where the 2016 Miss International pageant was held.

He added: “I’d like to meet her just to congratulate her personally.”

Duterte said he is happy that Verzosa won as it brings the country a sense of pride.

“Of course, I am happy. I am always happy if our beautiful women win all the titles. Kasi Filipino tayo eh. It gives us konting hambog. It lifts the…parang mayabang tayo na, o kita mo! Magaganda ang mga aming Pilipina,” he said.

“Pero iyong lahat kayo diyan sa (Commission on) Human Rights Commission mga panget,” the President added, unable to resist taking a jibe at his critics. (Elena L. Aben)