Shamcey, Pacquiao, Lea as tourism envoys?

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2011 01:27 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2011 04:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Moments after Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup placed 3rd runner up in the 2011 Miss Universe competition, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone floated the idea of tapping Supsup, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Lea Salonga to help boost tourism in the Philippines.

Evardone said he hopes Supsup’s achievement also helps erase the bad publicity from last year’s Manila hostage crisis.

“Maganda yan tandem sila ni Manny Pacquiao, kasama pa si Lea Salonga. She made us proud again. Hope her victory will erase the negative image of the country brought about by Luneta tragedy," he said.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño also congratulated Supsup but could not resist bringing the Spratlys issue into the discussion.

“We congratulate Ms. Shamcey Supsup for  winning 3rd runner up in the Ms.Universe 2011. We are proud of her and consider her a winner anytime, anywhere. How I wish the Spratlys issue were as easily
resolved in our favor as this. We are also looking forward with working with Shamcey on our common advocacies for the environment and bio-safety.”