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Oct 8, 2016
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With all the controversies happening in the country these days, rumors easily get people all worked up.

One rumor that just refuses to die concerns the cancellation of the Miss Universe pageant, which is expected to held in Manila in January 2017.

Malacañang and the Department of Tourism (DOT) already announced that the international beauty pageant will take place in the country.

However, the Inquirer asks, "How true is the talk we've heard that William Morris Endeavor/IMG, which owns the Miss Universe franchise, has cancelled that plan?"

Rumors allege that WME/IMG reportedly "cited political instability, security concerns and the Philippines not paying the hosting fee yet as the reasons for the cancellation."

Moreover, there are allegations that the co-CEO and owner of WME/IMG, Ari Emanuel, who happens to be Jewish, was allegedly "offended by President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks mentioning Hitler."

For the record, though, DOT chief Wanda Teo has denied the cancellation rumors. In an October 5 article in Philstar, she was quoted as saying, "I’d like to assure you that Miss Universe, the contest will be here [in January] definitely."

Meanwhile, reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach said she is "keeping her fingers crossed" that the pageant pushes through in the country.

Perhaps, what makes the Miss U cancellation rumors persist is the fact that WME/IMG cancelled its upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event—UFC Fight Night 97—which was already set in Manila on October 15.

In an official statement, UFC confirmed that main card fighter B.J. Penn "pulled out of the fight on Wednesday, October 5, citing a rib injury." They were not able to find a replacement for his opponent Ricardo Lamas.

"With the 2016 calendar already finalized with UFC events, the promotion will look to book an event in Manila sometime next year."

Then again, rumormongers don't listen to facts. They'd rather jump to their own conclusions.

For now, we can do nothing else but wait for legit Miss U info.