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SORRY. Mr. and Ms. Pancontinental 2015 national organizer Mylene Miranda makes a public apology for dragging Cagayan de Oro to the controversy that marred the just-held international beauty pageant as a result of the complaints of candidate Nicole Harding of New Zealand who quit, and flew out of the city last week. (PHOTO NY NITZ ARANCON)

Oca mulls lawsuit vs pageant organizers

By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent

MAYOR Oscar Moreno has tasked local tourism officials to determine the liability of organizers of the just-concluded controversial Mr. and Ms. Pancontinental 2015 pageant, and identify those responsible for the mess.

Moreno said this even as he said that city hall is contemplating on pressing charges against the people responsible in bringing a group of over 30 mostly foreigners to the city without properly taking care of them, resulting in criticisms that put Cagayan de Oro in a bad light.

He tasked the City Tourism Council chair Dorothy Jean Pabayo, and local investment and promotions head Eileen San Juan to coordinate with Department of Tourism regional director Catalino Chan to dig deep, assess the capacity of the organizers, and identify those who can be held legally liable for the mess.

Moreno said the brouhaha caused by the pageant organizers embarrassed the city before the international community.

“Dili magduha-duha ang city government sa pag-prosecute kon  dunay ilang makita nga sala ug sayop sa organizer,” said Moreno who said he felt dismayed when he learned about the complaints of Miss New Zealand-Pancontinental Nicole Harding.

Gi-ingnan kon sila (Pabayo, San Juan, and Chan) nga we have to be firm sa mga organizers… Kita mismo ma-oy mo-prosecute sa ila kay kana, that can constitute criminal offense kay kon  pananglitan nagpasalig sila sa ilang dapat buhaton unya wala nila buhata kay nangilad di-ay sila, them na-a na silay tulobagon,” he said.

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About Nitz Arancon

Nitz Arancon
Nitz Arancon started his career in the broadcast media. He worked as a cameraman for a news program of a local TV station, and subsequently became a reporter and later, commentator of the now defunct radio station DxJR.

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