The Lighter Side: No due process for beauty queen

Every once in a while, legal institutions in Southeast Asia find themselves in bizarre situations. Last month, I blogged about an Indonesian case involving a certain “pornographic” dance. In The Lighter Side, I’ll highlight more of these odd cases – because with all the bad news about the rule of law in the region, we all need a few laughs.

First off: beauty rights abuses. According to Phil Star, the Philippine Commission on Human Rights ruled that a Filipina beauty queen was “dethroned” without due process. I kid you not…

She was “stripped” of her title when pageant organizers alleged she was not a Philippine citizen. However, it appears she is Filipina (through her mother’s side). That’s Due Process for you.

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