Duterte may have influenced Gray’s stand on legal marijuana — Palace

December 17, 2018
Rodrigo R. Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is the “single biggest influencing voice” in the country’s push for the legalization of medical marijuana and he could have influenced Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s stance on the issue, Malacañang said yesterday.

During the question and answer portion of the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Thailand, Gray said she was in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical use and not for recreational purposes.

Sought for comment, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said “her position is an adoption of the Palace’s stand.”

“Other than the people’s, there can be no greater voice than the President. The single biggest influencing voice is the President,” Panelo said in a text message to Palace reporters.

The Palace official said Gray’s position might have been influenced by the President.

“It is the President that influenced her position or it may be the result of her own study after listening to various arguments pro and con,” he said.