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Duterte Meets Miss Universe, Compares Her to Legendary Philippine Boxer

© AP Photo / Gemunu AmarasingheCatriona Gray of the Philippines, left, reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.
Catriona Gray of the Philippines, left, reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. - Sputnik International
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Catriona Magnayon Gray has become the 4th Philippine woman to earn the prestigious title after beating out 93 other contestants. Her recent meeting with the country's president reportedly went smoothly and in "a very jovial" manner, although he is known for making stunning comments out of the blue.

The newly crowned Philippine Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Magnayon Gray, has met with her homeland's president Rodrigo Duterte, who personally congratulated her on winning the prestigious pageant.

He noted that Gray's path to victory was similar to that of legendary Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao, who is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time by several rankings. Duterte added that like Pacquiao, Gray had been robustly supported by her fellow citizens on her way to major success.

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According to PhilStar media, citing an anonymous source, the meeting between Miss Universe 2018 and the Philippine president was "very jovial" and "really all banter".

"The president threw in some jokes, which Gray also just played along with. They even almost did not notice the time", the source said.

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