|Vice Mayor Ceasar Ian Acenas|
Acenas issued the statement to dispel insinuations by some candidates of “Mr. and Miss PanContinental International Global Beauty Pageant” that Cagayan De Oro City is not a safe place for foreigners.
Pageant candidate Nicole Harding of New Zealand said in published reports that she was warned that “Cagayan de Oro is worse than Afghanistan.”
“Harding’s statements were aired by local and foreign media and if not corrected will adversely affect the efforts of the city government to lure more investors and foreign visitors here,” Acenas said.
He said everyone should know that Cagayan de Oro has always been and is still a very peaceful place.
"In fact, Cagayan De Oro City remains a favorite convention and tourist destination, nothing has changed and that the statement of Harding was unfounded. We also have many foreign residents and guests who are happily living in our city,” Acenas said.
He called on concerned government agencies to look into the pageant mess and to find ways to ensure that the incident would not happen again.
“All those who are visiting the city should have the best experience as I believe that is what we, Kagay-anons, want to give them,” he said. (BB with PNA)